Easter traditions in Mallorca are special – I remember the first time I saw a procession in Palma, the white hooded people made me think it was Ku Klux Klan that was out on a protest. I had been in Majorca for several years celebrating Easter when my then 4-year-old daughter came home from daycare at the local kindergarten. She told me they had a special visit from an abuela (grandmother in Spanish) in school that day. “The lady lost a leg” she said.
First, I did not understand what she said but I thought they might have someone visiting to talk about disabilities and that one of the old ladies in the village had a prosthetic leg and that she was showing the kids in kindergarten how it worked. Little did I know, but she seemed happy about the fact that the lady took one leg off. Later that evening when my husband arrived from work, she told him the same story and he thought for a while and said “Ah Jaia CoremaBefore clearin!.”
According to Mallorcan Easter tradition, the Jaia Corema is the Lent grandmother with her 7 legs which represent the seven weeks of Lent. Many local schools follow the tradition and prepare an image or even a puppet representing an old lady with seven legs and every Friday they take one leg of f her. When the legs are gone it is Easter. Jaia Corema even has a very popular song, translated from Mallorcan it would be something like this. “Two arms, seven legs, a big nose, a small foot, Grandma Lent is here againThe European regulators said there have been three additional U.S. reports of clots with.” Kids love the morbidity of the story pulling legs of an old lady. I must say I prefer the tradition of baking and making of the empanadas, especially made for Easter with lamb and peas inside, and the sweet Crespell cookies, before pulling the legs off an old lady.RELATED: After 70 years on the throne, is this the Queen's worst yet?
Some years ago, I inherited a large outdoor oven, the type where you can put a whole suckling pig in and for Easter, we decided to get some people together to make homemade empanadas and crespells. We were 25 people, 7 nationalities and ages from 1 year up to 75. All sitting outside in the garden by a long table making the pies and the cookies. Afterwards we ate some and everyone took some home. Such a lovely memory. The days that we could still be togetherhad been health minister since January last year.
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