Easter is a Christian holiday that is celebrated each year on a different date. This day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, son of God. In 2016 Easter is celebrated on March 27
The solemn preparation for the celebration of Easter begins in the Passion week - the week before Easter. On Maundy Thursday or Holy Saturday before Easter we paint the Easter eggs. The celebration lasts three days. During the festival, instead of the usual greeting people exchange the joyful words "Christ is Risen" and answering "He is risen indeed!".
The traditional cuisine for this holy celebration includes a lot of Easter bread prepared with a special technique and colorfully painted eggs. The first egg is painted red and it is kept until next year. there are races with eggs, the person who owns the strongest egg will be healthy and lucky throughout the whole year.
The curious history of the Easter Lent
Good Friday is associated with the Easter Lent. We remind you its intriguing history.
"The Crucifixion" - a picture of 1475
The Easter Lent dates back to the sixth century AD. Christians then decided to follow the example of their Lord, God for a period of forty days fasting. It was at the same time a part of their preparation for Easter. The German theologian and expert at folk customs Manfred Becker-Hubert explains:
"At that time people were not yet able to preserve the food. They did not have any refrigerators or freezers, so - in order not throw food - they forced themselves to eat everything they had. Just before the Lent they used to have big feasts, with songs and dancing for a better digestion."
Peter Bruegel Senior (1559): "The fight between Carnival and Lent"
The celebrations before the great fast lasted free wild carnival days. Then the Christians allowed themselves to eat lavishly before entering the 40-day fast, during which they were not allowed to eat any meat, milk, eggs, cheese, nor drink any wine. During the three days of unbridled gluttony and drunkenness, but at this carnival the Christians reincarnated themselves in the roles of those who were regarded the most terrible enemies of Christianity and its virtues: witches and demons. It was believed that the days ahead of the Easter Lent are under the sign of the flesh. The Opposite was true for fasting, which was considered a sacred time of spiritual exaltation. Even during the Middle Ages for every Christian it was a matter of honor to observe fasting following all the church rules.
Some people, however, who were smart enough, asked the Pope to examine whether certain foods and drinks broke the fast rules or not. For example, if one could eat chocolate and drink beer during the Easter Lent. But the way to Rome was long, so the products spoilt easily - and when the envoys arrived in Rome, the food they carried with them was no longer good for anything, so the pope allowed it to be eaten during the Lent.