Welcome to Pascha! The feast of feasts!
This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined, O people. Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord. For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us, as we sing the song of victory. Christ is risen from the dead!
Pascha is a very special day in the life of an Orthodox Christian. The fast leading up to the Resurrection is grueling and wonderful at the same time. We fast from all animal products during this time and concentrate on our spiritual growth through the services and the fast.
But now the fast is over and the Holy day begins. As I am getting ready for the feast I think about the traditions I have established with my family. The making of special food, dressing especially nice and praying that everything turns out well.
One of the traditions that I keep every year is the dying of the red eggs. Red symbolizing the blood of Christ that was shed for the world, the egg as a symbol of new life and the white inside the egg as the purity of the Resurrection.
The other tradition, the food, this year is stuffed Grape leaves and bacon wrapped dates. I will leave these for the next few posts.