The Easter Basket of special foods (described below) is arranged on Holy Saturday, and taken to church, where a special blessing ceremony with prayers and sprinkling with Holy Water, is performed by the parish priest.
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.
It seems like Easter is still several weeks away, hence lots of time for Paska baking, but not according to my “social” calendar.
Those of you who bake with yeast, know that this process is time consuming, so you can’t just plan to bake Paska in the evening after work, like you would cake or cookies. You need several hours of tending to this bread making project, which means….weekend time.
I personally like to prepare meatless meals on Wednesdays and Fridays for the duration of the Great Lent, as well the whole Holy Week, which is the week before Easter Sunday.
It actually is healthy to give our system a break from the weekly meat consumption, and introduce some vegetarian or seafood dishes instead.
This mid-December wedding had a Christmas theme, and it took place in Germany (Bavaria…to be exact), with breathtaking scenery of snow covered hills and tree tops.
The Bride incorporated her Ukrainian traditions into the wedding ceremony and reception, and the Groom complimented it with his German wedding traditions.