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Old 01-28-2007, 01:53 PM
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Russian Easter Recipes

There are several very traditional dishes served for Easter (Pascha) among the Russian Orthodox. I'll be posting some here. I hope you will like them!

Traditionally,on eve of Easter people cook special dishes, they bake rich Easter cakes, make Easter cottage cheese cakes and paint eggs. Usually eggs are painted on Saturday, and then on Saturday night are brought to the church to consecrate. There are a lot of different Easter cakes. All paschal week (the week after Pascha) people feast with rich meals with meat, eggs and other meal that were not allowed during the 40 day Great Fast. Celebratory tables burst with many different dishes.
Egg is the main paschal symbol of resurrection as and egg brings new essence. There is an old Russian Easter tradition - in this day people greet each other with three times kisses and with words "Christ arise!" At paschal greeting and salutation believers give each other red eggs. This custom comes from old times. When Maria Magdalene came to emperor Tiberius, she brought him as a gift a red egg with salutation "Christ has arisen!" Red color " is color of blood on the cross that Christ shed for atonement sins of the world.


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~*~ Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin:
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein;
Invisible and visible,
Their notes let all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen
Our joy that hath no end. ~*~
~*~ Saint John of Damascus ~*~
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