Ready for Easter

Easter is just a few days away and here in Costa Rica the whole week preceding Resurrection Sunday is marked by days of prayer, fasting and penitence as well as beautiful church displays depicting the Garden of Gethsemane complete with a life sized praying Christ figure.  People leave offerings of foodstuffs at these “gardens”,  which are later sold and the proceeds distributed among the needy.  There are also colorful processions in just about every town with local folk recreating Christ’s walk down the Via Dolorosa and parishioners dressed as Mary Magdalene, Joseph of Arimathea or the Centurion among other well known biblical figures. Passion plays are also a beloved Costa Rican tradition and several towns draw crowds of people from all over the country due to their elaborate and well done open air productions. The whole week from Palm Sunday onward is a national holiday and many businesses close their doors the entire week as do schools. Government offices and banks close on Holy Thursday and don’t re-open until the following Monday.

What you won’t find much of in Costa Rica however, are bunnies, eggs or easter baskets.   These things have never really taken root in Latin America and the only store here where I’ve seen a few Easter decor items is Walmart and even they don’t have too much. So over the years I’ve purchased items on Ebay or my kids have brought goodies down to me when they’ve come here from the U.S. for vacation. This year I was surprised to see how much stuff I have actually managed to accumulate. Probably more than I really need.

I’m not really a big Easter “decorator” (like I am when it comes to Christmas or Halloween) but I do like to put together a centerpiece and a couple of other table decorations.

These faux chocolate bunnies are actually made of resin but they are so realistic that more than one unsuspecting chocoholic around here has been fooled. What I like best is that they won’t melt in the tropical heat.

This sparrows nest was left in a tree in my backyard by it’s former owners. There were no eggs when I found it though. These little blue ones are ceramic.

A couple of Easters ago I spent several days carefully blowing out and emptying egg shells until my cheeks were sore and puffy. I then decorated them with decals, varnished them and placed them in a decorative bowl. Unfortunately my cats discovered them. They are absolutely convinced that anything round and shiny is a toy meant just for them to play with. No matter how much I scolded them, the minute my back was turned they’d grab the eggs out of the bowl and send them crashing to the floor. This year I put the few remaining ones in a glass jar with a lid. I hope they won’t notice them. I  try to stay a step ahead of the kitties, but at times they outsmart me anyway.

A couple of years ago, inspired by Hakan over at the Rose Garden in Malevik    I made several different sized  lace eggs using a styrofoam base and scraps of lace, ribbon and rhinestones.

This year I painted wooden eggs rather than real ones. If the kitties decide to play with them, they won’t break.

These bunny rabbits aren’t really Easter decorations. I have them out year round. Some years ago there was a ceramic supply store in my area that was going out of business and they were getting rid of all their greenware and bisque items. I bought a bunch of animal figures that I later painted or decorated with ceramic decals or just glazed and sent off to the kiln. These bunnies were among them. 

It’s always a good time for chocolate cake and tea!

Joining Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

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