Sunday, 15 April 2012

Paste Fericit!

Paste Fericit/ Happy Easter to all orthodox out there!
Hope you all have a fantastic day and you will spend it with family and friends.

Easter is about love and forgiveness so be kind and warm today!
Unfortunately my parents and my sister are far away so I'm spending Easter without them. Fortunately I am with my hubby and my beautiful daughter so even though we will not celebrate the Romanian way we will be together. We will also meet some really fantastic friends today - you know who you are - and we will go out for a nice lunch pub.
I should've probably prepared some traditional romanian food but was kind of busy yesterday at Save the Children Conference and we only come back from Romania Friday evening.
Take a look at these yummy food though:

Maybe next year I will be able to cook all these yummy food too!
Never mind though a pub lunch with roast meat and the trimmings will be all good!

What Easter is for Romanians:
- Unlike other countries, in Romania the Church believes that Jesus was born during the winter solstice and his resurrection happened during the spring equinox, thus Easter in Romania is indication of the bountiful season of spring. Romanian Easter celebrations are looked forward with great enthusiasm, hope and joy. The actual Easter festivities in Romania begin with Flowers Saturday or Lazarus’ Saturday as this is also the time when the girls plant flowers followed by Palm Day also known as Flowers Day, Great Thursday and Great Friday.
- One of the major Easter customs in Romania is that on Great Thursday, as on this day Chairs with blankets are put near the fire, as it is believed that some dead souls will sit on those chairs while others on the ground. Girls and women of the house thereby carry water buckets to the graves for the dead ones who will sit there.
- Romanian Easter however remains incomplete with its traditional mouthwatering delicacies like “Pasca”, traditional lamb recipes, cakes, stuffed pies etc.
- Each of the Easter eggs are also decorated in different colors as each color stands for a specific religious symbol like red signifies Christ’s blood and green for fertility. Some of the most popular Easter destinations in Romania are the great historic towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara which houses some of the best architectural landmarks of the country, the splendid spa’s scattered in different parts of the country and the heritage castles situated in region of Danube Delta offers the visitors a unique romantic sightseeing. Thus, with such wide festivities Easter in Romania is a time of great celebration marked by huge funfair.


PASTE FERICIT

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