Celebrating Easter is preceded by Holy Week (Holy Week), during which recalls the events of the last days of the life of Jesus Christ (Passion). Easter celebration begins with a special Easter service .The solemn liturgy has traditionally taken do at night, but in some countries it is starting to dawn.At midnight on churches begin the procession, and after it passes the Paschal Matins service.
Since Easter marks the end of Lent, Easter celebration is complete without a Passover meal, during which believers break their .Dishes to try Easter table prepared in advance, on Maundy Thursday.This is done in order to then up to the Easter nothing distracts believers from the services and prayers.Especially a lot on the table meat and dairy dishes that were forbidden duri
There is a tradition in the churches consecrate Easter cakes, eggs , Easter cheese and other dishes prepared for the festive table.Sanctify them throughout Holy Saturday, and after the Easter service.Start the meal should be sanctified in the temple of food, and be sure to eat a slice of egg.
Painted Easter eggs symbolize the miraculous birth of - Resurrection .Tradition says that Mary Magdalene presented Emperor Tiberius the egg as a symbol of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.Tiberius it said that the dead can not be resurrected as an egg white can not become red.And at the same moment the egg became red.Of course, now Easter eggs painted in different colors, using a variety of techniques, depending on which eggs are divided into pysanka krashanki and so on. N. But the main color is still red, it symbolizes the victory of life.In general, each color and symbols used in the painting of Easter eggs, have their value.
Easter celebration has another indispensable attribute - Easter greeting. customary to greet each other with "Christ is risen!" To which the answer should be "Truly He is risen!", You will need to kiss three times.By tradition, if there are two people of different ages, the youngest has to say the first part of the welcome, and the senior man answers.This applies not only age, but also the Church hierarchy.For example, if a layman meet a priest, he should greet him first.
continuing celebration of Easter forty days - as much as is the teaching of Jesus Christ after the miraculous resurrection .At this time decided to go to each other's homes, to give cakes and colored eggs, Easter play of the game.Children, for example, rolled eggs down the hills, checking them for a fortress.The winner takes his balls losers.Easter greetings (use Easter greeting) as adopted within the forty days.The most solemn considered the first week of Easter.
Celebrating Easter in 2012 falls on April 15 at the Orthodox Christian, and April 8, Catholics and Protestants .The dates are different, because the Orthodox Church of Alexandria uses Paschalia (the method of calculating the date of Easter), and Catholic - Gregorian.Sometimes the date of the Orthodox and Catholic Easter coincide.So it was in the past, in 2011, when the two Easter fell on April 24th.In the coming years it will be in 2014 (April 20) and in 2012 (April 16).
Easter celebration is a little different in different countries .So, we have a traditional festive cake is baking, Italy - cassata, England - Cake "Simnel" and scones with top notch in the form of a cross, in the Czech Republic - mazanets (sweet bun with almonds and raisins).An essential attribute of Easter in many Catholic countries - Easter Bunny, there is also made to hide Easter eggs in the morning, the children look for them.
But one thing remains unchanged: Easter - a bright and joyous celebration, symbolizing the renewal .