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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday Eve

Dear Family and Friends,

Yesterday (the day prior to Palm Sunday) we learned of an interesting custom in Cuenca. While we were downtown we saw the side of the new cathedral lined with palm leaves and women. The women were sitting among the palm leaves weaving elaborate creations. The weaving ranged from tall elaborate pieces to small easy pieces to carry in one's hand.

Here is a lady weaving small palm ornaments. I do not know yet why this is done, other than tomorrow is Palm Sunday. I don't know how the decorations will be used.

The lady below is weaving a much larger ornamental palm piece.

Here is a close up of some of the larger, more elaborate palm weavings.

These customers are taking their purchases with them as they stroll down the street.

Across the street is the Carmen de la Asuncion Church. This is where the newly refurbished womens' flower market is located. It looks beautiful as you can see in this picture.

The city repaved the whole corner and set up permanent stalls for the flower ladies. It will take a little getting used to because the colorful umbrellas are no longer there, but I am sure the sellers love the new flower market.

I observed this man in front of the Carmen de la Asuncion Church. It was quite a touching observation.

Nancy and Chuck