First of all let my begin with some essential knowledge about Easter:
- it doesn’t have a fixed date (like Christmas: 25th December each year), its date varies and each year Easter is celebrated on a different date;
- Chatolics and Christians usually celebrate Easter on different dates for each religion, due to the different algorithm of determining when Easter will be celebrated.
- Easter celebrates the resurection of Jesus from the dead.
Now that we’ve settled this down…
Romanian people are Christians, like Russian and Greek people.
… which means that we celebrate Easter on a different date than… pretty much the other cultures. But the big question is:
How do Romanians celebrate Easter?
Let’s start with some basic knowledge:
- we celebrate is for three days (just like Christmas);
- the first two days are legally free days;
- first day of Easter is always on a Sunday;
One of my favourite part of Easter is, of course the food. Although the main dish is lamb and I don’t like lamb, my Mum uses other type of meat. The traditional dishes are the red painted eggs, cottage cheese pie, lamb roast and the most Eastery dish is the drob. Drob is made of lamb organs (or other kind of meat) mixed with herbs, spring onions and eggs.
Traditions are more “spectacular” on Easter because the church consider that resurrection must be celebrated properly.
On Easter Eve, at midnight everyone is going to the church to take the holy light. We bring home the candles lit by the holy light and it’s said that you have to let the light burn for three days.
On Easter morning the first one who wakes up, puts water, two eggs (one plain and one red) and a coin in a bowl. Each member of the family will rub the coin and eggs on their faces when they wake up and the last member to wake up gets the coin – I know that it sound weird to rub an egg on your face, but it’s quite pampering. Oh, and we eat the food that Mum spent one week to put together.
I personally prefer Christmas against Easter, because it the end of the year, a new one is set to start, it’s winter and the whole family is together.
What Easter traditions and foods do you have in your country? Let me know in the comments down below!
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