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Easter is one of the most widely celebrated Christian holidays in Romania, and Maramures has its own wealth of traditions that people still maintain. Easter night is the most important night in the lives of Romanian Christians. Easter Mass takes place at midnight and it announces Christ's Resurrection as the most valuable truth on which Christian belief relies. Easter is most often associated with the idea of "light" in Romanian culture. All those who attend the midnight church service return home with candles lit from an official candle blessed during Mass so that the light received can shine inside their homes for as long as possible. The meaning of light in this context is very complex. It stands for both physical and spiritual illumination as well as for hope in Salvation and Redemption for all believers. Sunday morning is the traditional Easter ceremony of the blessing of the dishes. Each family sat in wicker baskets red eggs, lamb, ham, wine and bread, to be blessed by priest after mass.