Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hoppin' down the bunny trail...

No Peter Rabbits in Russia...but,
We are practicing.... The common phrase you can hear in Russia on that day is: "Khristos voskres!" (Christ is risen!), which is to be followed by "Voistinu voskres" (Truly He is risen! This traditional greeting followed by hugging and triple kissing is called "kiss of peace". The Christian Orthodox Easter feast lasts seven days and is called the Holy Week or Sedmitsa.

In the Russian Orthodox church, the day before Easter all churches hold night services and organize religious processions around churches. By that time, kulich, [the cake] the traditional holiday baking symbolizing the body of Christ, [pictured on the table] had been already baked and Easter eggs painted. The morning starts from visiting neighbors and giving away Easter eggs. We will take treats with us to church on Sunday and exchange them with the members.
Easter is the day of abundant food. My kind of holiday!
The egg, which is traditionally painted red and its shades, was the mandatory attribute and the symbol of Christian Easter in the 12th century. High and round kulich with cross image on top has always been baked from yeast dough. It is believed that quality Easter bread ensures well-being of the family. It is to be cut across, keeping the top intact to cover the rest of the Easter cake.
In the picture above are all the items which symbolize Easter in Russia.  Pussy Willows are their version of palm leaves since there are no palm trees to be found in the country, the cake with frosting, the painted eggs, red cloth, and the pyramid shaped delicacy is some kind of sweet jello kind of mold.  Don't forget the candles.  Many candles.

I have my pussy willows/palm leaves, we will do some eggs and purchase a cake (my oven is about the size of a bread box), we will work on the greetings, but I am not sure about the triple kissing.

Happy Easter America!💝

1 comment:

  1. Hi Wheelers, Have you already figured out that Hugs2You is really Patty Nielson's blog? I guess I should have introduced myself the first time I commented. I particularly love this post about the symbols and traditions of Easter in Russia. Also it is so good to see your smiling faces!