ORIGIN AND MEANING OF EASTERAfter Carnival, Christians don’t eat meat on Fridays;On Sunday before Easter, children and young people take an olive brunch to the mess to be blessed by the priest and then offered to their godmother.People usually dress new clothes to go to the mess on Easter Sunday.
ORIGIN AND MEANING OF EASTER - continuation On Holy Friday, in many villages and small towns(Braga), people take part in a procession and go to the mess in the evening.
ORIGIN AND MEANING OF EASTER - continuationOn Easter Sunday, church bells wake up people to announce Jesus ressurrection, People go to the mess and then go back home to wait for the priest. Everybody receive the priest athome so that the whole family and the house itself could be blessed with holy water. All people kiss the holy cross. The priest visit at home
Many of these traditions are still alive, specially in villages and small towns. Today, as fewerpeople receive the priest at home, those whowant their houses to be blessed put flowers on the floor in front of them so that the priest knows where to take the holy cross.
ORIGIN AND MEANING OF EASTER - continuation All streets are beautifully decorated with flowers on the floor and the richer people put at the windows rich embroidery coverlets. In the city In the village
ORIGIN AND MEANING OF EASTER - continuation The houses are very well cleaned; people put a very nice table-cloth on a table. Thus, all the fruit would be blessed. Families offer a “Congrua” (money) given for the church as a gift.)
Gastronomy• The typical ‘FOLAR’- in two versions: sweet and with brown boiled eggs on the top; and made of salty smoked ham used to be offered to the priest and his fellows and, later, eaten by the whole family at lunch
Gastronomy . People eat roast meat, specially lamb, with rice and potatoes and the ‘folar’. Godmothers used to give a gift to their god children (money or new clothes or sweet almonds).Folar
Gastronomy. People eat roast meat, specially lamb, with rice and potatoes and the ‘folar’.
Typical tradition• Godmothers used to give a gift to their god children (money or new clothes or sweet almonds).
EASTER SYMBOLS The eggs guard itself the image of a new life, so were adopted as a symbol of renewal. They used to be offered as gifts in many civilizations. In ancient Egypt and Persia, for example, were painted in shades of spring. In Catholic Europe of the eighteenthcentury, eggs lap laughed became blessed by Christians and offered to the faithful. This tradition is recent (dates back to the last century- related to consumerism)