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Easter traditions

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Some of the Easter traditions that the 5th and 7th grade identified, painted eggs and customs.

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Easter traditions

  1. 1. SCHOOL NO. 2 MARGINEA Share my emotions! The most successful way of learning through sport, art, dance, music and foreign languages Project No. 2018-1-BG01-KA201-047852 ROMANIA APRIL 2019
  2. 2. Easter Traditions • Easter is for Christians the most important celebration. In Romanian language the name ‘Paște’ comes from the Hebrew ‘Pessah’, just like in the other Romance languages. • The preparations for this holiday start 40 days before with the fasting period and end with the special week called the Holy Week.
  3. 3. • Most of the traditions are connected to the Holy Week, people go to church, prepare the traditional Easter eggs, the special bread which is made only for Easter – pasca.
  4. 4. • The Easter meal contains red eggs, lamb, cheese, lots of vegetables, and the traditional Romanian cake of this celebration – “pasca” – which is a type of sponge cake filled with cheese, eggs and raisins.
  5. 5. • The tradition says that the eggs must be painted on Thursday and the color must be red, however nowadays eggs can be painted in a variety of colors.
  6. 6. • The most beautiful Easter eggs are made in a magical region of Romania called Bucovina. The eggs made here are called “ouă încondeiate” (painted eggs). After painting the egg, the technique is to keep the background color of the egg and draw beautiful patterns on the eggshell with melted beeswax.
  7. 7. • This type of eggs usually have patterns that can also be found on the traditional clothes or ceramics. • The Holy Cross can usually be drawn among vines, flowers or geometrical structures.
  8. 8. • The Resurrection itself is celebrated on the night before the Easter Day. Then people go to church to light the candle and bring the resurrection light into their homes. On their way back, people would share the holy light with others. • In our region, people also go to the cemetery with the light, to let their ancerstors know that Jesus has risen.
  9. 9. • The belief is that each church gets light from God, with the main source being the holy fire in Jerusalem. This is a miracle which happens each year on resurrection • The holy fire is then spread throughout the world. The Romanian Orthodox Church has been bringing the holy fire to Romania too in the last couple of years.
  10. 10. • At the end of the Holy Liturgy the priests bless the food brought at church, in baskets. Usually there is meat, red eggs, vegetables, cheese and nowadays chocolate bunnies.

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