Hilarious, right? I spent the whole day sick to my stomach, thinking I was going to die from food poisoning.
Well, now that I’m older and my sister has children, I’ve learned to appreciate the fine art of revenge.
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Pranking my sobrinas is my favorite thing to do on Easter. And best of all, my sister gets payback for all the trauma she caused me all those years ago. Here’s a taste of some of my favorite pranks to pull off. Here are a few pranks I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of over the last few years.
My favorite thing to do is hide rubber snakes near my sobrinas plastic Easter eggs.
When they go to pick up an egg, they catch a glimpse of one of these bad boys and run off screaming. Yeah, this one is cruel, but kids should have a healthy fear of snakes anyway. So if you think about it, I’m actually helping them out. Plus it’s hilarious to watch my sister try to calm them down.
With a little elbow grease and some artistic license, something as tasty as a tootsie roll can be turned into a parents worst nightmare. I relished the look of horror on my sister’s face as she watched her kids eat what she thought was… just look at the gif.
Swapping ingredients in a Cadbury Creme Egg can get some solid prank results.
I spent the night before carefully super gluing each plastic egg shut so that no matter how hard my nieces and nephews tried, the eggs wouldn’t open. I told them the candy inside was “totally worth it.” Eventually they just stomped on the eggs to crack them open, only to find I’d hidden mazapan inside, which had been turned into powder.
Then there was that time I left a ransom note in the eggs, telling them that the Easter Bunny had been kidnapped.
Yeah, I kind of feel guilty about this one, but it was totally worth it. My sister spent a handful of hours consoling her distraught kids. But even after she finally got them to calm down, I had another plan. I had a carton of milk in the fridge with a “missing bunny” photo printed on the side.
So just remember, if everyone picks on you cause you’re the youngest in the family, one day you’ll be able to clap back like thunder.
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And not just on Easter, every holiday is a great chance to get back at your older brother’s and sisters.
And don’t feel bad for my sobrinas…
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I know one day they’re going to come back and take revenge on their dear old tio.
Even if your parents aren’t that religious, we can all remember our abuelitas coming home from mass to spritz holy water in our faces. My abuela had an entire altar in her spare closet complete with statues of Saints, bowls of holy water and velas going 24/7. It was a fire hazard.
Needless to say, if you grew up Catholic, every day was an opportunity to go to church or thank Dios, but no day was as holy as Easter. From the forty days leading up to it down to the very day, welcome to walk down memory lane:
You spent the entire week leading up to Easter (La Semana Santa) going to church every day.
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Even if your family hadn’t been to church since last Christmas, this was the week that your family could be cleansed of all their sins. Pray hard this week and it counts double.
When you were a kid, you went to the church basement halfway through mass to be thoroughly creeped out.
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There may be a home video recording of you telling the Easter Bunny que “eres sucio.” Maybe that’s just me, too. 😉
Everyone and their tía came home with one of these Palm crosses.
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As a kid, once they started passing these out at Palm Sunday mass, you knew some yummy dulces were coming your way in just a few days. My abuela would make a dozen of these and pass them out.
You might even tune into EWTN to see El Papa give the holy mass.
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You had to go fetch tissues for your abuela and kneel on your living room floor just like it was the real thing. Tuning in for Semana Santa masses was always a somber occasion.
Even though Good Friday was the one day a year there was no Mass, you still had to go to the neighborhood reenactment.
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Yes, it was always pretty disturbing as a kid. This is why it’s so easy for our mami’s to guilt trip us into doing or wearing anything. The Catholic guilty conscience starts with the Good Friday plays.
If you ever had an Easter egg hunt, it only had rosary beads inside.
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They’d be extra special if your nana made it for you with your name inscribed. Some easter eggs had little vials of holy water or a tiny cross made of olive wood made in Bethlehem.
You may have made cascarones as a kid.
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The best part is after you’ve drained the eggs, dyed them and filled them with confetti. Throwing them at your siblings or papa might have been the most fun part of Easter.
It was the only time you could lay in the grass with your nice clothes.
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It was also that one day of the year you wore the nice dress your mom kept hanging with a garbage bag over it. You wore it every single year until it became too short for church and then your little prima wore it.
And your mom pulled out her chocolate bunny molds.
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Maybe it was just me, but our kitchen would be lined up with plastic molds of eggs, Easter bunnies, and angels that would be filled with melted chocolate. My mom made chocolate pops out of them and it was magical.
It was just extra magical time.
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…that our parents exploited to get us to se portan bien por Dios. Does lying to children count as a sin?
It also meant the whole family came together to go to the beach after Sunday Mass.
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Or Saturday–the actual day of rest from going to Mass that whole week. Usually, though, your schedule revolved around all the prep time our poor moms spent in the kitchen to prepare for Easter.
As adults, Easter means your tía sending this photo to the group text:
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More likely it’s a bloody image of Christ dying for our sins. The guilt trip never ends, my friends.
Like any family event, you can expect someone to ask you when you’re getting married.
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If your family is extra religious, you’ll hear the chismosas gossiping about whether or not you gave your “V card” away. Ya no puedo.
Today, Easter means looking forward to all the tasty grub, like bacaláo.
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Yes, we’ve been eating fish for the last forty days, but some of us celebrated the miracle of Jesus’ baskets of fish one last time for the year with fried codfish.
Others go full lechón to celebrate the end of the meat fast.
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Typically, Catholics will fast from meat, ranging from the entire Lenten season to just Fridays to every day but Sunday. My family went with every day but Sunday. Comment with your family traditions below!
Claro, there’s the Pan de Pascua.
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It’s not just any ordinary fruit cake. It’s only brought out on the holiest occasions, gaining more popularity at Christmas than the traditional Easter holiday.
If you’re like me and my hermanos, adulting means faking it.
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We’ve all tried to assert our spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs and pass on going to Mass, but nobody wants to make their mom cry. Fake it till you make it, they say.
Maybe you still give something up for Lent?
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There’s something to be said for the meaning of tradition. It feels good to do something with your family, even if it’s effectively a group diet. It still means something.
And today, we get to see our sobrinos in the cutest outfits.
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It looks like they’re getting more comfortable with every generation, gracias a Dios. As adults, it’s amazing to go full circle and help make Easter special for the young ones.
And dress our baby hijos in their own Easter Bunny outfits.
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“Que preciosa, mi muñeca linda! Que Dios te bendiga y te quiero mucho, mi amor!”
Tell me you haven’t said this to your dog and prove that we’re not all our parents when it comes to our dogs. 🐰
Since it falls at the beginning of Spring, Easter is one of the most colorful and lively events on our calendars. Across Latin America and the United States, festivals celebrating semana Santa and Easter are full of gorgeous decorations, festive performances and some of the best food you’ll eat all year. However, if you live in Mexico or in the Southern US, you’ll be aware of another tradition that celebrates the shades of Spring: cascarones.
Cascarones are hollowed chicken eggs that have been dyed and filled with confetti or small treats. These bright party favors have a long history and an enduring place in Latinx culture. In North America, cascarones were originally used in Mexico during Carnaval. They have since combined with the celebration of Easter but are also popular during New Year’s Eve, Christmas, birthdays, quinces and other fiestas. In fact, if your guests aren’t getting hit over the head by confetti eggs, can you really even call your event a celebration.
After you see this list, you might want to add these vivid eggs to all future party plans.
1. We can thank Marco Polo for cascarones.
Though they first came to Mexico in the 19th Century, cascarones have been around for much longer. Merchant and explorer Marco Polo first brought the favors over to Spain from China during the 13th Century. Cracking the decorated eggs over the heads of prospective sweethearts became a European courting custom before making it’s way over to Mexico.
2. Confetti wasn’t originally used.
Confetti wasn’t the first surprise inside cascarones. In Europe, they were originally filled with colored and/or fragrant water or powder. The eggs were sealed with wax and made for a much messier party favor. Cascarones wouldn’t be made with confetti until the custom traveled to Mexico.
3. A new tradition is born.
Easter egg hunts aren’t traditionally a thing in Mexico but that doesn’t mean eggs have no place there. When cascarones became intertwined with Easter, passing out confetti eggs to festival attendees became a custom. The mock confetti fights are called papaqui or guerra de cascarones and they can be pretty intense.
4. Cascarones reflected in la Cultura.
Like so many aspects of Latinx culture, cascarones have found their way into our art. This gouache painting by Texas artist Carmen Lomas Garza depicts a memory of time spent with family, decorating cascarones. Depictions of family and culture are a prevailing theme in Chicano art and Lomas Garza’s nostalgic take on this Easter tradition is no different.
5. Cascarones and the Jesus connection.
Besides Carnaval being closely tied to Easter, there is another reason why cascarones makes sense during this holiday. In pagan mythology, the egg has long been a symbol of rebirth. Many pagan customs were absorbed into Christianity in its infancy. Since Easter is the Christian celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, it only makes sense that eggs find a convenient place within the holiday.
6. A craft project and ammunition.
A big part of the fun behind cascarones is making them. In order to prep eggs for confetti, a tiny hole is made in the shell in order to drain the insides. Once the inside is rinsed out and dried, they can be decorated. The final step is to fill them with confetti or other goodies and to seal the hole with a bit of crepe paper.
7. Buy them by the dozen.
Of course, you can always skip craft time and buy already made confetti eggs. In the States, cascarones are usually sold by the dozen in grocery stores during the Easter season. Additionally, churches, schools, and youth groups also make and sell confetti eggs as a fundraiser during Carnaval and throughout Spring. You can even find cascarones for sale on Etsy and through Amazon.
8. Literally art.
Cascarones are made to be destroyed but that doesn’t mean they can’t be works of art. Besides a traditional dip-dye, cascarones can be painted by hand and adorned with extra embellishments. For example, these lovely floral painted eggs are reminiscent of Mexico’s glazed ceramics and tile.
9. Cascarones are just plain magical.
Like any artform, cascaron decorating is only limited by the artist’s imagination. You can find eggs that are embellished with paper, gold leaf, flowers, and other common objects. Cartoon characters, sports franchise symbols, and mythological creatures are also popular cascaron decorations.
10. Let’s get creative.
The simple cascaron is the ultimate mock battle ammunition but vendors have found ways to improve upon them. Cascaron puppets come in popular fantasy characters and are sought-after in Mexico. Kids — and kids at heart — can play with the puppets before busting them open over each others’ heads.
11. A party favor with extra party.
When you think party, you probably think piñatas. These cascaron piñatas combine two fun ideas in one. A cascaron is placed on a decorated paper tube or cone and candy and treats are hidden inside. For double the fun, take the whole piñata cascaron and whack it until it cracks.
12. Fun that will go straight to your head.
While we appreciate the artistry behind a beautifully crafted cascaron, we haven’t forgotten their original purpose. Though they started off like an old-timey flirting tool, they’re now all about fun and a healthy dose of competition. The objective of any good cascaron fight is to get as much eggshell and confetti into your opponent’s hair as possible.
13. Never too young to learn tradition.
No one’s excluded from cascarones during Easter. For babies, the colorful eggs are an immediate fascination and those “baby’s first cascaron” pictures are perfect for Insta. Just be careful about their delicate heads. Crack the eggs in your hands first before dousing los bebitos in confetti.
14. Even pups get in on the party.
Speaking of adorable Instagram pics, your pup can get into the cascaron party too. Just like with babies, you want to pre-creak your eggs to avoid hurt perrito’s furry, little head. Your dog is sure to get hyped up when a full-on cascaron battle kicks off and you’ll have a new partner to corner your opponents.
15. Wear your confetti crown with pride.
One aspect of cascarones that is both fun and frustrating is that confetti is almost impossible to remove. This might cause you to walk around with a confetti crown for a few days but fear not! Tradition dictates that those confetti storms are actually showering you with good luck. Suddenly a scalp covered in confetti sounds pretty good.
16. Cascarones are perfect for sibling rivalry.
When you’re a kid, you have very little agency of your own so you’ve got to take power where you can get it. Cue the cascaron battle royale. Do you remember using your stash of confetti eggs to annihilate your primos and hermanos? We do and there’s a photo album at there somewhere to prove it.
17. Some things you don’t outgrow.
However, the fun doesn’t have to stop when childhood ends. You never really outgrow beefing with your siblings and cousins and — with cascarones — you never have to. It’s all in good fun; even if your Easter egg fight looks more like a war zone than a family gathering.
18. Confetti = family fun.
Like any other holiday, Easter comes down to spending time with family and those you love. That’s why cascarones are so great. No matter who you are — young or old — you can have fun making or cracking the confetti eggs. If nothing else, you can sit back and enjoy the colorful vibrancy the eggs left behind.
19. You’ll never stop finding confetti.
Speaking of those little paper reminders: they will end up EVERYWHERE. This is why paper confetti is ideal in the cascarones. The paper will decompose quickly and leave no harm to the earth. If you want to go even more environmentally friendly, you can add seed to your cascarones. Also, you can just straight up buy confetti with the seeds embedded that will decompose and release the seeds. Mother Earth will thank you!
20. Most importantly, have fun.
Easter is very much the celebration of Spring. For many places, it’s the first time of the year we’ll actually experience sunshine and clear skies. What better reason to celebrate than that. ¡Feliz Pascua!
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