Happy Easter, readers!
Like many Christian countries Russians celebrate Easter with decorated eggs and special foods and customs. The egg tradition dates back to per-Christian times when people saw eggs as a remedy of protection. When Orthodoxy was adopted, eggs took on Christian symbolism.
Easter eggs by Peter Carl Fabergé
The traditional Easter breakfast includes kulich (Easter bread), paska (a dish made from cottage cheese, fruit, sugar, butter and usually formed into the shape of a pyramid), decorated eggs. Sometimes the food is blessed by the church before being eaten. Other tradition is one egg may be cut into pieces - one piece for each family member at the Easter table.I'm not a religious person but love to decorate eggs and do this every year.
cottage cheese paska
Here Easter service is held Saturday evening and may be attended even by those families that do not regularly attend church. Midnight is the high point of the service, when bells are rung and the priest says, "Christ is risen!" and in reply, "He is truly risen!" Traditionally, after these words people have kissed on the cheek three times.
Since childhood I remember as we, kids were waiting for the Easter morning to taste a piece of kulich and to spread a paska layer on it. After Easter breakfast we rolled eggs and tried to knock down another egg.
19th century postcards
Do you celebrate Easter or other spring holiday? Do you have any Easter/spring traditions?