Roadside cascarones spread holiday spirit

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Amy Garcia made a quick stop Saturday afternoon at a small tent on North Navarro Street. She was picking up a bag of cascarones, colored eggs filled with confetti.

"I do this every year - my son loves them," she said. "He's 14 years old, and he still loves them."

Garcia wasn't the only one picking up cascarones Saturday afternoon. One after the other, people pulled over to one of the small tents around town and grabbed bags of 50 or 100. Over the years, breaking a confetti-filled egg over the head of a loved one has become an Easter Sunday ritual.

The eggs and bunny pinatas were being sold by La Luz del Mundo, a Victoria church, as a fundraiser.

Hulda Elias, the wife of Pastor Pablo Gonzalez, said the eggs represent Christ's tomb, and cracking them reminds people of the resurrection.

La Luz del Mundo, also known as Light of the World, has been housed for more than 20 years in a small building at the corner of Ben Jordan and Laurent streets. Elias said the church sells the cascarones to help raise funds for renovating the church.

"The building is old and worn out," she said. "We want to make it bigger and better for the community."

About 25 adult members currently attend the church in Victoria, Elias said.

While most people purchasing the eggs didn't know the meaning or story behind them, Elias said her mission is to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made every day.

"He had a purpose," Elias said.