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.
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.
Most Catholics already celebrated Easter this year on March 27th.
However Orthodox Christians, and some Catholics whose churches still follow the Julian Calendar, will celebrate Easter this Sunday, May 1st.
This weekend was Paska Baking time for me and my daughter, as well as my 4 year old granddaughter, who not only loves to watch, she also was a very enthusiastic helper.
Easter is upon us, hence time to prepare not only our soul, but also the menu for this beautiful holiday.
I love Ukrainian Easter traditions, as well as the beauty of the beginning of spring.