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The Easter traditions and customs are similar in all the Orthodox countries.
The painted red eggs are the main symbol of the celebration. They are wrapped in a green tablecloth and carried to the temple for consecration. Traditionally western churches considered the largest Christian holiday to be Christmas and the Easter comes second. The Easter chocolate figures in the form of the Easter bunny are quite popular but they are also made of the rare Australian animal Banduka ..
The coloring of eggs is a tradition that is 4000 years old. The Easter eggs are usually painted on The Holy Thursday or Saturday. The grandmother or the oldest member in the family uses the first painted red egg to draw a cross on the foreheads of children to be healthy and rosy throughout the whole year. This egg is placed in front of the home icon or in the chest with the maiden dowry, or buried in the middle of the wheat fields to protect the crop from hail. On Holy Thursday the tradition requires that we knead the dough for the Easter bread that is usually decorated with odd numbers of red or white eggs in the middle and the dough is twisted around them.
Easter is celebrated for three days. On Sunday morning people go to church for the solemn liturgy and return with a lit candle, and greet themselves with "Christ is Risen". Newlyweds in this day visit their families, parents and husband's brother. They bring Easter bread packed with red eggs.
Since ancient times, many cultures have associated the egg with the universe. For example, the Persians believed that the Earth was hatched from a giant egg. In the IV-century eating eggs during fasting was prohibited. In the spring, however hens lay the most eggs. Then people began to boil the eggs to keep them longer. Many people see the egg as a symbol of rebirth in the spring. Eggs were decorated and painted by the Romans, Gauls, Persians and Chinese. After the emergence of Christianity, the egg begins to be perceived as a symbol of the birth of man from nature.
The tradition of the Easter bunny dates back to pagan times as we already told you in our previous post. The Lamb is a very important symbol of Easter in Central and Eastern Europe. It represents Jesus and is connected to his death, as it is sacrificed on the day of Resurrection. Christian tradition presents Jesus as the Lamb of God. In many homes the tradition requires to eat lamb on the first day after the 40 days of fasting.
Why wear new clothes? This is the tradition of Easter for most Christians. New clothes are a symbol of the rebirth of new life in the spring and resurrection. In Catholic tradition in the morning the women leave baskets full of bread, cheese, ham and other foods for Easter lunch to be consecrated during the Easter morning Mass in the church. This tradition has evolved to souvenir baskets filled with chocolate eggs, candy, toys and figurines of bunnies.