Just a few more days and Easter is here, one of the most important holidays of the year in which we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
There are some differences between orthodox and catholic Easter and many different ways to celebrate this holiday depending on family traditions. One of the most obvious difference between orthodox and catholic Easter is that they normally fall on two completely different Sundays. It is a rare happening when the two Easters merge; like this year for example when on 20th of April we all celebrate this holiday.
The differences continue with the eggs dying. If Americans and other Catholics are dying their eggs in pastels and stickers, and wait for the Easter Bunny to bring them gifts, the orthodox and us, Romanians paint the eggs crimson red, symbolizing the blood of Christ and Easter egg hunts are replaced by egg-cracking games.
What is specific to Romania is the tradition of painting the eggs with complicated motifs, in all kinds of colors, varying from one region to another. These intricate special handmade eggs can be bought in traditional fairs and some can be pretty expensive. These are empty egg shells which are each painted manually. You can find these painted eggs at the Moldavian monasteries and at almost all monasteries in Northern Romania.
In the food department, we can say that there are great feasts at both tables although on orthodox tables you will most likely find a lamb as opposed to a ham. Romanians also bake a cheese cake, called “Pasca” and “Cozonac” another cake with cocoa and nuts or with Turkish delight.
Easter is a special holiday for all Christians which brings together families and friends celebrating the resurrection of Christ with belief, hope and love.
In the end I choose some adorable dyed eggs to inspire you this holiday. What is your favorite?
Here you can see some traditionally Romanian painted eggs:
Gallery 1: Photos from Pintrest.com
Gallery2: Photos made by Filip Danilevici