This year, we celebrated Easter much more later than the Catholic people.
At Easter, we usually go to church at midnight to bring light home. In our region, people usually bring to church a basket full of small pieces of food that they’ve prepared at home for Easter. They also cook “pasca”-Easter sweet bread-for this occasion. The priest will bless all the food during the liturgy and only after that, in the morning, people will eat from it.
During the liturgy, all the people sing an Easter traditional song called “Hristos a inviat din morti” (“Christ is risen from the dead”). You can listen to it below.
For Easter, the tradition is that every family have to have painted eggs, red especially, but also blue, yellow, green, etc.
They usually knock the eggs before eating them, and this happens in twos. One person says “Hristos a inviat” (“Crist is risen”) and knocks the other person’s egg and the other replies “Adevarat c-a inviat!” (“Indeed, Christ is risen!”) and does the same thing. The one whose egg is cracked will have to eat it (first).
For the next 40 days people will greet each other using these words: “Hristos a inviat!”, “Adevarat c-a inviat!”, but it is not compulsory.
Here are photos of the Eastern exhibition in our school.