What Do Colombians Eat for Easter Dinner?

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In Colombia, Easter dinner often consists of foods that most Westerners wouldn't necessarily associate with this spring religious holiday; these foods may include reptiles, particularly slider turtles and green iguanas. Colombia is a largely Catholic nation, so the celebration of Easter is popular among residents of this South American nation. The preference for these foods, which may seem unusual to the average American, is likely related to the fact that these animals are native to Colombia and are active during the springtime.

Other potential animals that may be served as part of a Colombian Easter dinner could include the capybara, which is the world's largest rodent. Capybara can weigh in at 220 pounds, making them potentially similar in size to a pig, which is many Westerners' food of choice on Easter.

If these foods seem unusual, that is likely because these animals are not native in most parts of the world outside of South America. Indigenous cultures in this region likely have been eating reptiles such as iguana, turtle and cayman for centuries, well before the advent of Christianity at the hands of European colonizers. Like most other parts of the world, the Colombian diet reflects the local biodiversity, with humans taking advantage of the flora and fauna around them to form their diets.