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Seder – A Ceremonial Meal at Passover

While Christians are getting ready to celebrate Easter, the Jewish people are preparing for Passover.

Passover commemorates the formative experience of the Jewish people, and their transformation from scattered tribes indentured in Egypt, to a nation on the road of redemption.

Blessing of Easter baskets

Ukrainian Easter Basket – Beautiful Tradition

Easter is such a beautiful holiday, but here in the US, it does not get even close to the vast recognition that Christmas is showered with.

My family and I feel very lucky to be familiar with, and able to practice the Ukrainian Easter traditions. Besides the 40 days of the Great Lent, and the different church services from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, there is the traditional Easter Basket Blessing,which takes place at the church on Holy Saturday, or right after the Sunrise Easter Sunday Liturgy, in other parishes.

Ukrainian Easter Egg  - Family collection

My Collection of Easter Eggs (Pysanky)

These Ukrainian Easter Eggs were designed by my children, several years ago, under my guidance and assistance. I was a head counselor of a youth group, at my church, for 16 years, and Easter Egg decorating was the most desired craft project of the year. Even the youngest group members, 6 years old, tried their hand at the art of decorating Easter Eggs (we would let them use boiled eggs….to avoid disasters and disappointments with the finished product).

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

On St. Patrick’s Day EVERYONE feels Irish, especially those who like to drink beer, since green beer is plentiful that day.

My son-in-law is of Irish and Dutch decent, so he and my daughter always host St. Patrick’s Day party for their family and friends. My husband and I also attend, and enjoy spending some fun time with everyone (there is always lots of great food and plenty of drinks).

I bet you thought I will post another recipe, but this time I decided to post this wonderful poem: