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How Ukrainians celebrate Easter
- Posted by: Redaktor
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Easter is celebrated in Ukraine every first week after the vernal equinox and the full moon. Over the past century, the holiday blended with folk traditions and family customs.
The family table for Easter in Ukraine is prepared with the utmost solemnity and is always decorated with flowers. The main place is taken by the Easter krashanki on the festive table. In addition, each Ukrainian hostess prepares traditional and favorite family holiday dishes.
After the revolution, despite the militant atheism, the tradition of the celebration of Easter was passed in Ukraine from generation to generation.
When the manufacture of gift art Easter eggs was banned, Easter was celebrated with ‘Krashanki’ (eggs painted with one or different colors), ‘pysanki’ (painted ornaments), the manufacturing tradition of which was strong in the western regions of Ukraine, and ‘skrobanky’. This is a special technique of ornamentation of eggs, when pattern was scratched out with a sharp instrument.
The main theme of the painting is floral design combined with figurative elements: trees, river, sun, houses, birds. Traditional motifs and subjects were images of a rooster or a chicken, the sun and others.
Whatever dishes were on the table, the dinner was started with the Easter cake. Even the crumbs of the bread that fell on the floor, could not be thrown away. The end-piece of the cake was traditionally kept as a talisman that brings happiness.
There are a number of Easter entertainments. The most popular now is the game, in which children and even adults choose Easter eggs and knock them one on another. Whose egg is broken is the loser.