By: Cassie Miller
Every year around Easter, Mrs. Bejarano teaches all of her Spanish students to make cascarones, which are filled egg shells. Cascarones originated in Asia and eventually Emperor Maximilian’s wife, Carlota, brought them to Mexico from Spain where they made their way to the United States. When they originated, the egg shells were filled with perfumed powders, but now many people fill them with confetti.
To make the cascarones, Mrs. Bejarano brings enough empty egg shells from home for all of her students. In class, students get to decorate and dye their eggs just like typical Easter eggs. After this, students fill their shells with confetti and glue a small piece of tissue paper over the hole to keep the confetti from falling out.
After all of the cascarones are made, the students are allowed to have some fun with each other by cracking the cascarones on their heads. This part of the process is looked forward to by all students for weeks in advance. Making cascarones are a great way to learn about Spanish heritage while also having a great time.