Easter traditions and customs of Orthodox Christians

Easter is one of the main events of the spring for Christians. At this time, it is customary to cook cakes and paint eggs. However, where did such customs come from and why did they take root in the Russian Orthodox world.

Traditional preparation for the celebration

The celebration of Easter is the most solemn event in the year for every Christian. This year, the Day of Resurrection of Christ falls on April 16 on a new style. .

Active preparation for the holiday begins after the Palm Sunday. This is the name of the last week before Easter. The name takes the biblical source. The fact is that 6 days before the execution people met a Jesus who was entering Jerusalem with branches of a palm tree in his hands. The second name of this tree is the Jerusalem willow. Hence the name of the pre-Easter week.

On the Palm Sunday, people go to church and sanctify the willow branches. coming home they beat their relatives. At the same time they say the words: "I'm not striking, beating the willow" and bless the native man to be healthy like water, rich as the earth and happy.

The Palm Week is also called pure and white. At this time, the whole house is prepared for Easter. The most important days are:
  • Pure Thursday. On this day, people are cleansed physically and spiritually. All the tenants of the house set the order on Wednesday and bathe until the dawn of Thursday. It is believed that the water on this day bears beauty and health. On Pure Thursday they begin to cook cakes and pinks. This is the main day for cooking, as on Good Friday you can not bake cakes and Easter. On Pure Thursday in antiquity poured out three candles for further celebrations. However, over time, such Easter traditions have disappeared. Today people just buy candles;
  • Good Friday. This day is considered a mourning day. People mourn and reflect on the Great Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. On Good Friday it is not recommended to work. It is better to devote time to prayer;
  • Saturday is due to the end of preparation. On this day, they paint eggs and bake cakes. The house is decorated with festive tablecloths, rushnykami and bouquets. Mistresses collect baskets for a campaign for a festive service in the church.
all the training is not mandatory and does not carry divine significance. The main on the eve of Easter is prayer and pure thoughts of believers.

Peculiarities of the Easter table

The Easter festive table includes traditions that are happily perceived by children and are warmth of family comfort. Mistresses are anxious to collect food after a seven-week fast, but the main ones are cakes and eggs.

Kulichi and Paska

On Easter, many bake cakes. However, they are not a traditional Orthodox dish for this holiday. On Easter it is necessary to make pasks from cottage cheese and various additives. Such pasches were made small, as they are not stored for a long time.

Baking cakes still firmly entered the Easter traditions of the Russian people. Each housewife finds her favorite recipe and puts in preparation all the love for the family. Cakes are decorated with glaze and powder.

Kulich has a round form because of the belief that the funeral shroud of the Lord was round. The special Easter bread is a symbol of the broken body of Jesus Christ.

Curd Pasca is a symbol of celebration and fun in honor of the Resurrection of the Lord. She is a gratifying food after a strict fast and symbolizes the Promised Land promised by God to Moses.

Painted eggs

In the past, the housewives and their families had gathered onion shulu long before the holiday and prepared a decoction for staining eggs. today there is no need to spend so much time and you can easily use food colors. Rulers of mazazin offer also a set of stickers and other bright ornaments for the transformation of eggs.

The very tradition of painting eggs came about because of biblical history. It symbolizes the good news of Mary Magdalene to the Roman ruler about the Resurrection of Christ. She presented a white chicken egg to the ruler and reported a miracle. He, in turn, did not believe the woman and wanted to drive her away. Then the egg flushed in his hands and he had to believe in this message.

Since then, Orthodox people paint eggs for Easter, symbolizing the good news. In the modern world many people have lost the connection of celebration with the special sacred sacrifice of Christ and mechanically celebrate Easter in the series of the Orthodox calendar. Therefore, during this period it is worth revising one's spiritual state and giving more time to prayer.
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