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.
I have some wonderful Jewish friends who are getting ready to celebrate the Passover Holiday.
I have previously prepared and posted several Passover recipes, but today I am providing pictures and links, for your convenience.
If you have decided to decorate your own Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanka), you will need the following supplies:
Easter is one of my favorite holidays, because of its rich traditions. One of these is the blessing of a basket of special foods which becomes the Easter Sunday brunch, being the first meat meal, after a strict fast on Good Friday and Saturday. One of the special foods in that basket is a round shaped Easter Bread, called Paska in Ukrainian, or Babka in Polish. The top of this bread is elaborately decorated with fancy dough ornaments, having a cross as the central motif. Here is my family Paska recipe, which makes two large loaves, or several small ones.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who are celebrating this very traditional holiday here in the US.
If you are still searching for party food ideas, I will contribute with links to my previous posts of “green” food recipes for this occasion.