Hi Alex, and hi everyone.
Iīm going to tell you about the weird traditional which is set on Holy Saturday here in Brazil. Itīs called " Burning the Judas" or "Punch the Judas".
The custom reminds Judas Iscariotīs death. He was the apostle who betrayed Jesus with a kiss for 30 silver coins, later, regreted for his behaviour, he commited suicede hanging himself .
So, in some Brazilian cities, especially in the countryside cities, itīs used to make a Judasīs effigy ( in the Judaīs face, generally itīs put a picture of a corrupt politician) and the people go out in the streets punching him, and then hanged him, and near of the midday burning the Judasīs effigy.
For children this traditional is lighter. In the early morning they are in the streets with their "Judas" stopping in every neighbourhoodīs grocery store, asking for sweets. You can hear their joyful voices shouting: Tricks or sweets! We want sweets! Then, the grocer come out, and give them some sweets and chocolates. If he doesnīt do it, the children donīt go away, and they start to punch the Judas, saying that the grocer is stingy. Defeated, the grocer doesnīt have any choice. He gives the sweets to the children, and they go away, happy for having reached their goal, and looking for another "victim".
At the midday they finished their "Punch Judas", and share their sweet profits among them, full of joy and eager to tell to their parents all the adventures that they have during the morning, and already looking forward to the next Holy Saturday.
Does in your country have a similar traditional?
Have a nice Easter holiday.
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