Easter under Franco

My husband was telling me what Easter was like under Franco’s dictatorship.

Catholicism was pretty much compulsory. From Good Friday to Easter Sunday, the one TV channel showed the test card and played solemn classical music. The one radio channel also played solemn classical music. It wasn’t acceptable to play pop music, either live or on cassette. You couldn’t even sing or whistle. Acting happy was a sin. He was a teenager, and this was desperately boring.

Late on Saturday night the whole family went to the midnight mass. When they came home in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning, all the teenagers got the musical instruments out and played pop music.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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