|CORPUS CHRISTI SWEET TREATS|
Yes, another "fiesta" in Cuenca! This is one celebrating, partying, fireworks-blasting, food-vendor selling, family-shopping, sweet-tooth craving city!!! It's not unusual to see Ecuadorians walking around this vibrant city smiling and enjoying their daily ice-cream fix, but this sweet-tooth "religious" celebration has topped any amount of confection and sweets I have ever seen in one place in my entire life - no exaggeration!!
I'd never even heard of Corpus Christi. So, what is it?
A little history of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) or Septenario (Seven Days):
- In Latin, it means, "Body of Christ."
- It takes place sixty days after Easter Sunday and last for seven days.
- In the Catholic religion, it is one of the most important holidays of the liturgical calendar.
- It is celebrated around the world.
- Seven years after the founding of Cuenca, Corpus Christi was introduced by the Spanish in 1654 to replace the Inti Raymi, an Inca celebration of the harvest.
|Ecuadorian children love their special fiestas and delicious sweets.....|
|Mounds of Sweets Galore!|
|A vendor waits for her sale!|
|A shopper selects her treats.....|
|Cream-filled pastries - one of my favorites!|
|Vendors were meticulous about their presentations and displays....|
|.....and every booth had it's own unique assortment of colorful candies and pastries!|
|Of course, the sweetest of treats for me every day in Cuenca are the beautiful children I get to embrace and photograph!|
So, guess how many candies and pastries Bo and I ended up buying throughout the course of seven days?