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Festive table Happy Easter

Orthodox Christians around the world are waiting with bated breath for the coming of the most important holiday - the Bright Resurrection of Christ. The last days of Lent are running out, which means it's time to take care of the festive meal.

Easter first dish

The dish with which believers traditionally begin Sunday Easter morning are colored eggs. In the old days, they were laid out on a large beautiful tray and, decorated with wheat sprouts, herbs and flowers, were placed on the table. And before eating eggs, it was customary to break them against each other and christen. The egg was considered a symbol of new life, and the ritual personified resurrection.

Painted eggs consistently in red. This custom, as well as the tradition of giving eggs at Easter, came into use thanks to Mary Magdalene. Scripture states that it was she who presented the emperor Tiberius with a chicken egg as a sign of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Having doubted this message, the ruler replied that no one can rise from the dead, just as a white egg cannot turn red. And at the same instant, the white egg in the eyes of the astonished emperor suddenly turned bright red. Since then, this color has become a symbol of the victory of life over death. However, today at Easter you can see eggs of various colors, decorated with various patterns, ornaments with Christian symbolism and even whole plot compositions.

Another important symbol of Easter is artos (or prosphora), made on the basis of yeast and kvass. This bread is usually used during the sacrament of the sacrament, after which it can be stored at home for a whole year. Christians believe that consecrated artos has miraculous properties and helps patients to heal from ailments.


The wisdom of Easter baking

One of the main dishes of the festive meal is Easter cottage cheese. It is prepared, as a rule, from cottage cheese, grated with butter, eggs, sour cream and sugar. Often dried fruits, berries, candied fruits, nuts or chocolate are added to this mass. Easter is baked in special pasochnits in the form of a tetrahedral truncated pyramid. Very often Easter is decorated with the letters "HV", as well as images of crosses, spears and flowers - symbols of the great suffering and resurrection of the Son of God. 

In Russia, women collected and stored remnants of sour milk throughout Lent. And for the holiday, they prepared from the resulting sour mass a Easter, very soft and light in texture. Today, there are a dozen or two different recipes for cooking this dish: from cream, baked milk, yolks with flour and homemade jam, boiled and raw dairy products, and even cheese.

At Easter, be sure to bake and Easter cakes - sweet baking in the form of a cylinder with a rounded top, smeared with glaze with multi-colored sprinkling. Dough for Easter cakes knead from eggs, butter and sugar with the addition of raisins and nuts.

It is noteworthy that in Russia, Easter cakes were baked in large wooden tubs, almost the size of a bucket. Today, preference is given to miniature forms, although some chefs still prefer to create with scale. So, in 2004, in Nizhny Novgorod, they baked the world's largest cake with a height of 1,75 m and a weight of 641 kg. Not only citizens, but also impressed experts of the Guinness Book of Records could enjoy his taste.

Whatever the size of the cakes, the dough is prepared for them in advance, usually on Thursday night, and baked on Friday. On Saturday, along with other foods, Easter cakes are brought to the temple for consecration, and on Sunday they serve the table and treat friends. By the way, few people know that cutting the cake should be across, not along, removing the top and covering it with the rest of the crumb - so it stays fresh longer. And lucky omen is associated with Easter cake, which many hostesses eagerly seek to fulfill. If the cakes turned out lush and beautiful, then until next Easter the family will live in prosperity and harmony.

What else to apply to the table?

The festive menu, in addition to traditional pastries, includes many dishes and snacks. Perhaps the main rule here: well-fed and tasty abundance. And yet, do not forget that the Easter meal is not an unrestrained feast. It is customary to cover the table on this day with a white tablecloth, decorating it with icons, lighted candles and vases with pussy willow branches.

And only then festive dishes are exhibited. First of all, various meat dishes that the believers denied during the fast. As a rule, it is meat without blood, thoroughly roasted or baked: roast veal, roast beef with potatoes or baked chicken. Some hostesses, paying tribute to the traditions of antiquity, are happy to cook a goose or a duck with honey for Easter. Welcome and fish in all forms. The holiday table does not do without colorful meat and fish snacks, aspic, and aspic, homemade pickles and marinades.

The most hardy enough power and desserts. Most often, in the old days, sweet gingerbread cakes were made in the form of figures of little animals, plentifully pouring icing on them. A special treat with meaning was considered a sweet lamb from shortcrust dough. They bake it today: from flour, eggs, sugar and margarine, sometimes adding prunes or white chocolate. The diligently fashioned lamb figure is a symbol of Jesus' atoning sacrifice for the sins of men.

With all my heart we congratulate you on Easter of Christ! May the family feast succeed in glory and the bright holiday bring happiness, peace and grace to your home. Christ is Risen! 

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