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Easter Attracts Shoppers to Downtown Pasco

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - While some study's show the rest of the country may be spending less to celebrate the Easter holiday, shoppers in downtown Pasco appeared to be spending more.

Traffic was at a standstill at times in downtown Pasco and shoppers crowded the sidewalks and some business owners said it's all thanks to this sacred holiday they call "El Dia de Pascua" or as English speakers say, Easter. Throughout much of the Spanish speaking world, Easter is one of the most sacred days of the year.

"It's a day of peace, a time to spend with the family," said Maria Teresa Barragan.

After mass, and before Easter dinner, shoppers were crowding the sidewalks and filling up the parking lots buying everything from furniture to food. "We went to mass this morning, and now we're here buying food for the big fiesta tonight," said Claotelde Abelino, who was looking for something picante, or spicy, at a Super Mex today while his wife stocked up on tomales for dinner. "Easter is a special day for us, to be with the family and it's a day of rest," said Abelino.

And that day of rest for one is bringing in good money for local stores. Juan Bermundez who manages Super Mex, said the Easter holiday has made for a busy weekend. "The whole weekend's been really busy here and at the other store, and just a lot of traditional Mexican foods," said Bermundez.

Making one man's holiday, another man's profit.