The first and largest of celebrations of the New Testamentchurch is Easter. On this day is the resurrection of Jesus Christ - the Son of God who by His death redeemed the sins of mankind, and with His resurrection gave hope for life after death.
The last week before Easter is called Maundy. It recalls the events of the last week of Jesus Christ’s life from the moment he solemnly entered into Jerusalem, until the day he was crucified on the cross and rose again on the third day.
During the Holy WeekOrthodox Church has several services . This week is thelast of the Easterfast , which lasts eight weeks. During this period foodstuffof animal origin, rag and other entertainmentare not allowed.
According to a legend, this was associated with incident occurred when Christ was on the cross. Atthis point, at the foot of the crucifix came a hen and laid an egg. The blood flowing from Christs body,colored the egg in red, and so arose the practice of dying eggs.
On "Good Friday“ no housework is done. Who works on this day will suffer misfortune.
There is a tradition of knocking with eggs and the owner whose egg hasn’t broken will be healthy throughout the year.
1 kg of flour 40 g Yeast 6 eggs 300 ml milk 250 g sugar 150g butter at room temperature zest of one lemon 2 tsp lemon juice vanilla flavor 50 Raisins 50 Peeled almonds 1 egg for coating a pinch of salt
Easter table is very rich in honor of the resurrection ofJesus Christ.The table consistsof painted eggs, Easter cakes and roast lamb.
It is a custom amongOrthodox Christians togreet each other with“Christ is risen!”"Truly, He is risen!"