Happy Easter!

Even though looking out of the window it looks more like a Christmas typical weather, believe it or not, Easter is coming! In Slovakia there are many nice traditions connected to Easter, but there are some other interesting ones also in our countries.

For example Bulgaria, being an Orthodox Christian country, will not celebrate Easter next Sunday, but on May 5th (lucky them, as it’s highly likely that they will have no snow!). Vessy told us about their celebrations, and I find really interesting the tradition that people walk around the church three times with lit candles in their hands. According to this tradition, if people have no sins, the candles will not go out. To that, Vessy also added that sometimes people use special strategies to protect candles from wind 😉

Another important element of Bulgarian Easter are painted eggs. Check out this nice video about beautifully painted eggs.

In Italy Easter celebrations start on Friday with a procession commemorating the Passion. On Sunday families get together and eat lamb and other traditional food which change in every region. In my family we always have torta pasqualina, a salty cake with artichokes, eggs and ricotta cheese. At the end of the meal, we normally eat a dove-shaped cake called colomba (which means dove) and children (but also grown-up children 🙂 ) get big chocolate eggs with a surprise inside.

On Easter Monday, which we call Pasquetta (small Easter) people normally go for a trip and do outdoor activities. As I come from Southern Italy, on Easter Monday people from my region often go to the seaside. Of course, being in Slovakia, this year I will definitely have to change my plan 🙂

In the sun or in the snow happy Easter to everybody!

Emanuela

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6 thoughts on “Happy Easter!

  1. Manu, thank you very much for sharing these traditions with us ! In Slovakia Easter is taken quite seriously. After all, it is the biggest Christian event, even more important than Christmass. As for the people´s traditions comming from pre-Christian times I think they are somehow similar to those in Bulgaria. Easter eggs and splashing water at women and girls are most typical in here. The water spashes used to symbolize cleanse, fertilization and health after the long period of winter which energy-wise is somehow bound with death. Nowadays, these traditions are most kept at villages and the more you go to cities the more the original meanings are suppelented by other ones. For me, being a city-boy, it used to be the only reliable source of income, which I was given by the ladies I splashed over with water 🙂

    • Thank you Andy 🙂 Slovak Easter traditions are really interesting from my point of view. I’m just curious to know how many ladies you splashed yesterday 😉 Manu

  2. Wow! How beautiful. I really enjoyed the skill and precision the artist had in the video. And I, as an Italian-American would love to institute “little easter” in my world out here. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for the comment 🙂 I also really like the way in which they decorate eggs in Bulgaria. What are the traditions connected to Easter in American? Manu

      • Hi Manu, here in America, many of us go to a church service (sometimes a sunrise service), leave Easter baskets for our children, filled with chocolates, jelly beans, and other treats. My family has some Italian heritage, so we make color Easter bread to eat on Easter morning. It is a time for gathering with family, feasting, and enjoying the gifts we receive from life (and for we Christians, thinking about spirit and friendship with Christ).

      • Thank you for sharing your Easter traditions! I really like the way in which American and Italian traditions have been mixed 🙂

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