EasterHistoryWhen is Easter celebrated?Holy weekTraditionsAttributes of EasterThis is interesting!
History Easter was started to celebrate earlierthan Christmas. At about III-IV century AD. Egg dyeing in Lithuania is mentioned inone of Martynas Mažvydas chants (1549).Folkrore says about magical egg power: at theend of XIX century lithuanians still used tosacrifice and egg to Žemyna. Back to main page.
When is Easter celebrated? Easter is celebrated on the first Sundayafter the first full moon after the spring equinox. So, the celebration of Easter may varyevery year from March 22 to April 25.
Holy Week• The celebration of Easter in the Catholic Church begins on Holy Thursday and continuous all Easter period.• On Saturday, which may nol always known as Holy, the celebration of Easter night begins after the sundown.• Church bells and the organ stops on Holy Thursday.• The cross is solemnly honored on Good Friday, Christ‘s suffering, death and burial day .• A wake is performed next to symbolic tomb of Christ, his passion and death is considered, fire and water is sanctified on Holy Saturday.• At midnight again organ and bells are played and very solemn Mass is held.• The first day of Easter begins on Sunday.
Traditions• One of the most common traditions is egg dyeing tradition. There is a big variety of dyeing techniques.
Other traditions• Waking up of the sleeping, Eastering;• Egg rolling;• Egg beating (Election of the strongest egg);• Kiaušiniavimas (Children visit neighbours and ask for eggs);• Dėdinėjimas (Youngsters visit girls and ask for eggs);• Lalavimas (All people takes rattles and goes around the house singing a song);• Sprinkling with water (Youngsters visit girls and sprinkle them with water);• Swinging.• Lots of other are already forgotten.
Attributes of Easter• Velykė – elsewhere is knows as Easter grandmother, is quite forgotten Easter character and is kind of Santa Claus.• Earlier children used to find two eggs as presents on the windowsill in the morning.• It used to be a present from Velykė. At night she visits and rewards all of them.
• Easter Tree – in the past it was common tradition for all. People used to do it by themselves: they used to make fir tree-shaped tree, decorate it with fresh spring pussy-willow branches, molded cookies, paper bird and flowers, make there some nests and put 9-12 eggs. It was believed that these eggs brings people luck.
From pagan times egg symbolizes the birth oflife, fertilization and space. People used to believe, thatwhen you crack the egg, the spirit of snake pretendedas an embryo comes out. Ancestors attributed to eggsmany healing powers. They believed that eggs healwounds and raw eggs treat female infertility. It wasbelieved that Easter eggs have special powers.
Interesting! It is not allowed to sleep for a long time onEaster day as you may have a headache for a longtime.Also you may have a headache if you brush yourhair on this day.It is inappropriate to visit guests on Easter day. Ifhowever someone comes, you need to give him toclean fur.At Easter it is not allowed to move or disturb theground, otherwise the ice rain will destroy thecrops.