Easter thrilling in Ukraine

Easter attributes
Easter attributes
One of the most important holidays in Christianity is Easter. Easter is resurrection of Jesus Christ, which we celebrate in spring. Dates of the holiday varies from year to year but for sure it should be holy Sunday.
Few days before Easter people go to church, bake special Easter cakes, meat and color eggs. One of the symbol of the Easter is a red egg. As a history says when the Virgin Maria told that Jesus Christ was resurrected, people said that it is impossible as if the egg she holded in her hands would become red. It was a miracle but the egg became red in that moment as red as the blood of Jesus Christ. Since that time red egg is one of the symbols of Easter.
The whole week before Easter is the week of very strict fast. On the Holy Thursday before Easter people going to Church to listen to special praying. On this day many years ago there was a secret dinner, where Jesus Christ predicted treachery from the side of one of his 12 follower.
Holy Thursday before Easter
Holy Thursday before Easter
Usually on Holy Thursday people bake special Easter cakes which they will eat with their families on the Easter Day.
Products for special Easter cake
Products for special Easter cake

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My Easter cakes in 2015
My Easter cakes in 2015
Preparation for the Easter Day
Eggs coloring
Eggs coloring
For the Easter Day and the day of Jesus Christ suffering on the Holy Friday the Church is decorated in white and green flowers.
Decoration for the Church
Decoration for the Church

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On Holy Saturday people prepare nice baskets filled with Easter cake, eggs and other goods which are going to be sanctified in the church. After this people will bring the basket home and will eat everything on the Easter Day in the family circle.
Sanctification of the Easter cake and other goods
Sanctification of the Easter cake and other goods

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My mother with our Easter basket
My mother with our Easter basket
Before the midnight of Sunday the whole night Easter praying is starting. This is very beautiful and holy time when you can feel all the wonders of the belief. The priest share the Holy Fire delivered directly from Jerusalem with all the people in the church.
Night Easter praying
Night Easter praying
Overcrowded Church
Overcrowded Church
After the whole night Easter praying people are ready to sanctify their Easter baskets to bring home and to celebrate resurrection of Jesus Christ with their families.

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This year I am also going to the night praying and my Easter basket is ready too.

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Usually people bake more than one Easter cake to visit their friends and relatives and bring cakes as a gift for others, so do I.
My Easter cakes this year
My Easter cakes this year
Easter cookies
Easter cookies

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God bless your families and Happy Easter for those who celebrates and blessings for others.
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7 thoughts on “Easter thrilling in Ukraine

  1. Beautiful pictures.it’s great to hear about celebrations in Ukraine. since there aren’t many Christians in Jaipur I haven’t experienced or witnessed Easter celebrations. Thanks for posting.

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      1. Lidiia…I am always intrigued by erstwhile soviet breakaway countries…Armenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine…I’m sure years of Soviet rule would have altered their original culture, which must have been rich and vibrant. If you ask me, Orthodox church and Christianity are really interesting. I always look forward to know about them! Keep posting… BTW, you share lot of resemblance with your mom! 🙂

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      2. That is nice to hear that someone is interested, cos living here means to get used to everything going around, so it seems that noone will be interested in our daily life. Basically i look like my father, but it should be something similar with my mom and me =D

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