Today’s Holiday: Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine)

Today’s Holiday:
Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine)

The custom of burying a “sardine” on Ash Wednesday is common throughout Spain and is thought to have originated in an old fertility custom symbolizing the burial of winter in early spring. The Entierro de la Sardina also symbolizes the burial of worldly pleasures and serves as a reminder that people must abstain from eating meat on Fridays throughout the 40 days of Lent. Another Spanish custom is to make figures representing the King and Queen of Carnival and to burn or drown these personifications of Carnival on Ash Wednesday or Shrove Tuesday. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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