Easter in Lithuania

Not many traditions are still followed nowadays when it comes to Easter.My Lithuanian family don't follow all the traditions, either, but here's what we do. Every early Easter morning it is still important to go to church. After the mass, everyone hurries home with the belief that those who get home first, they will be first in all their endeavors. After getting home, everyone sits at the table, laden with traditional foods, especially eggs, eaten with horseradish, cheese, mushrooms and baked lamb or chicken. Eating begins with eggs, which are crushed by all family members. It's a king of competition. If your egg shell is stronger, you are destined to live longer.I still remember myself at my grandmother's house hiding a wooden decorated egg... Well, I don2t do that any more...
The egg being the symbol of life and rebirth of nature is given special meaning in Easter traditions. Traditionally, there are two methods of egg decorating: drawing designs with wax or scratching designs on dyed eggs. Numerous designs consisted of blossoms, snakes, wheel and cog, stars, branches of rue, snowflakes and many others.
Most common dye used was onion skins.However, nowadays, it's easy to choose any colour in any supermarket, even stickers are added. We made shapes on eggs with the help of herbs found in my mother's garden and onion skins. The herbs were rolled around the raw egg with some thin cloth, then boiled for 5 min in water with food colouring. After boiling, eggs are brushed with oil or some fat to get the shine!
On the first Easter day no visiting should take place until noon, but on the second day, ıt's a must to visit your relatives or friends, to play egg rolling or go strolling ( generally for children) and singing in order to get more Easter eggs. and of course, during Easter a lot of food is eaten and a lot is drunk. The latter is not a tradition but a habit, unfortunately...
That much about Easter in Lithuania, I hope you had wonderful Easter!!!


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