Adoptive Families Enjoy A Cascarone Party

Several adoptive families recently gathered to celebrate a tradition observed in South American countries – the making of cascarones. These families all had adopted from Guatemala and gathered to enjoy a cultural activity with their children.
So what are Cascarones? They are confetti filled egg shells which are hand painted and brightly colored – very similar to Easter eggs you make with your children. The inside of the cascarone egg is drained through a small hole on one end of the egg. The empty shell is then thoroughly washed and dried. The clean shell is then filled with confetti and sealed with a tissue paper.
The origin of the tradition is traced back to China. It’s believed that the explorer, Marco Polo brought them to Italy from Asia. From Italy the tradition was carried to Spain and then to South America. Originally the eggs were filled with a perfumed powder and used as gifts. In Mexico they replaced the perfumed powder with confetti. It was at that time that these colorful eggs were named cascarones, derived from the word “Cascara” which means shell. Cascarones were used to celebrate. It was fun to break the egg over someone’s head, allowing the confetti to spill out. Many say the confetti shower brings good luck and good fortune. In relationship to Easter, it is believed that Cascarones represent the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The breaking of the egg symbolizes how Christ had risen from the tomb, just like a new born chick opens the shell.
Our families who have adopted from Guatemala enjoy providing activities such as Cascarones parties for their children so they have opportunities to be with children and families who have a similar cultural heritages and to be a support to one another! This was a fun activity that helped them do both! If you are an adoptive family with children from Guatemala or if you are of Guatemalan heritage and would like to be a mentor for these adoptive families and children, please contact Dede Mogck – dede.mogck@lsssd.org.
(Information regarding Cascerones was taken from LatinWorks.com)
Submitted by Dede Mogck, Director of Adoption and Foster Care Programs

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