‘’Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs Bestowing life! ‘’
Easteris themost important annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to Christian scripture,Jesuswas resurrected from the dead on the third day afterhis crucifixion.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the vernal equinox.
In all Romance languages the name of the Easter festival is derived from the Latin Pascha. In Spanish, Easter is Pascua, in Italian Pasqua, in Portuguese Páscoa and in Romanian Paşti. Easter is the primary act that fulfills the purpose of Christ's ministry on earth—to defeat death by dying and to purify and exalt humanity by voluntarily assuming and overcoming human frailty
Preparation for Pascha begins with the season of Great Lent. In addition to fasting, almsgiving, and prayer, Orthodox Christians cut down on all entertainment and non-essential worldly activities, gradually eliminating them until Great and Holy Friday, the most austere day of the year.
The Midnight Office is celebrated shortly after 11:00 p.m. ,and people wait in darkness and silence for the stroke of midnight. Then, a new flame is struck in the altar, or the priest lights his candle from the perpetual lamp kept burning there, and he then lights candles held by deacons or other assistants, who then go to light candles held by the congregation.
Traditionally, Easter eggs, hard-boiled eggs dyed bright red to symbolize the spilt Blood of Christ and the promise of eternal life, are cracked together to celebrate the opening of the Tomb of Christ. For the remainder of the week, known as "Bright Week", all fasting is prohibited, and the customary Paschal greeting is: "Christ is risen!," to which the response is: "Truly He is risen!"
Eastern traditions In Romania, Thursday is traditionally spent decorating Easter eggs. Other traditions involve parents telling their children that eggs and other treats such as chocolate eggs or rabbits have been delivered by the Easter Bunny in an Easter basket which children find waiting for them when they wake up. Many families observe the religious aspects of Easter by attending Sunday services in the morning and then participating in a feast or party in the afternoon. Easter breads such as nut breads or the Czech hot cross buns called mazanec are traditionally served.
The Romanian Team wish you Happy Easter Holidays! The Romanian Team wish you Happy Easter Holidays!