Easter is celebrated on 15 of April this year. On the first Easter day, as on Christmas, priests came to houses of the faithful and served public prayer. All relatives and friends visited to congratulate each other during this day. They were invited to the table to enjoy Easter dishes. The table groaned with food: ham, pancakes, baked leg of veal, drachona, cold boiled pork, turkey, pascha, kulichi, painted eggs.
Pascha, Kulich and painted eggs are principal rudiments of Easter meal, they are consecrated by church at Easter day or overnight after Great Saturday liturgy.
Pascha is a symbol of God’s grave, made from tvorog in the form of truncated pyramid. Easter table couldn’t be without Kulich, holiday ceremonial bread. Kulich was decorated by Easter lamb, made from butter or sugar. Easter lamb is a symbol that reminds of sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as the atonement of all the sins. Lamb is a necessary attribute of Easter table. Guests usually brought chocolate eggs for children. Christianity gave new meanings to the egg, it is considered as the symbol of resurrection. Eggs were traditionally painted in red color, as it means the joy of resurrection and revival of mankind, but it is also the color of the blood shed on the cross by Jesus Christ. Since then there is a tradition to present different painted eggs at Easter.