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RUSSIAN HOLIDAYS / RUSSIAN EASTER - PASCHA

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Easter Traditions &

Easter Celebrtion .

    "On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women
took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the
stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find
the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly
two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
   In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but
the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here; he has risen!"

                                                                 Luke 24:1-6a

   This story of the very first Easter is as clear and simple today as it was two thousand years ago. Since then, however, Easter has become the most important holiday in Christianity, embracing not just a single day, but an entire season of celebration.
   The Easter season overflows with special Easter Days like Palm Sunday and Good Friday, important symbols like the cross and the candles, and interesting Easter customs like sunrise services and parades. Many of Easter's customs began long before the time of Christ. As people all over the world accepted Christianity, they gave these traditions new meanings connected to their faith in Christ and to their belief in his Resurrection.
   Many Easter customs come from the Old World.The white Lily, the symbol of the resurrection, is the special Easter flower.
Rabbits and colored eggs have come from pagan antiquity as symbols of new life. The Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts.
Easter Monday egg rolling, a custom of European origin, has become a tradition on the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. During the Octave of Easter in early Christian times, the newly baptized wore white garments, white being the liturgical color of Easter and signifying light, purity, and joy.
   Easter become the greatest festival of the Christian church . It is a movable holiday it is not always held on the same date. In AD 325 the church council of Nicaea decided that it should be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox of March 21. Easter can come as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

Lets take look at history of Easter and World Easter traditions and rituals:

Russian Easter-Pascha

Pascha is the highest celebration of the Orthodox Church. Russian Orthodox churches herald in the glorious event with a service, beginning at midnight on Pascha Sunday. After the service, proclaiming Christ's Resurrection, Easter baskets are blessed and shared. This signifies the end of the Great Lent, a forty day period of fasting.

Holiday fare includes "Pascha bread", which is adorned with crosses made of raisins. The Pascha is served with Easter sweet bread, or kulich, which is accompanied by vivid red colored hard boiled eggs. Red colour is a symbol of Easter and beauty.   More>>>

Ancient Springtime Celebrations

   Long before Jesus walked on the earth, people celebrated when spring arrived. Many of Easter's interesting and often unusual customs began hundreds, even thousands of years ago during the spring! In ancient times, people did not know why the seasons changed. They thought spirits or gods and goddesses guided the times of the seasons. Some even thought the sun died when winter came! When spring arrived, they were happy to see plants blooming, animals coming out of hibernation, and birds returning from far away. These ancient people expressed their joy in the arrival of spring with many different celebrations.
   The Celts lived in what is now the greater part of western Europe, mainly from 2000 B.C. to 100 B.C. Their religion was called Druidism, and they believed in good and evil spirits.    More>>>

The Names of Easter

Early Christians called Easter- Pesach, which is the Hebrew name for Passover. Today, names for Easter all over the world are similar to the word Pesach.
In France, Easter is called Paques;
In Spain, it is Pascua; In Italy, Pasqua.
The Norwegians call Easter Paaske,
The Dutch call it Paach
The Swedish call it Pasko
In Albania, Easter is Pashke;
In Greece and Russia, Easter is Pascha.


Our English name "Easter" is     More>>>

The Symbols Of Easter

Easter Eggs Cross Palm Leaves
Easter Lily Lamb Easter Bunny
Candles & Bonfires

The Customs Of Easter

   All the traditions of Easter, from the eggs and rabbits to the hymns and legends, blend together to make this wonderful holiday a time of joy and celebratin. We celebrate Easter with singing and praises to God because we remember that Jesus Christ is alive. He lives today to give each person new life and hope. This is the truth of Easter.

White Week Easter parades Foot washing
Easter tree Egg Games Egg Rolling

Special Days of Easter

Lent Ash Wednesday Palm Sunday
Maundy Thursday Good Friday Easter Sunday

The Legends of Easter

Legend Of The Dogwood Legend of Easter Lily




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