Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easter: Round 2

As many of you know, Orthodox Easter is one week later. This, of course, means that we get TWO Easters! Easter is a huge celebration here, with all schools & businesses closing for a four-day holiday weekend. It is anticipated and celebrated more than Christmas.

There are many traditions that we have learned about over the past several days, including going to church on the Eve of Easter at midnight to ring in that Christ has risen, eating lamb along with liver soup, fun one-on-one games to see whose hard boiled egg breaks first followed by eating that egg and throwing the shells into rivers or lakes, and, of course, plenty of baklava along with many other traditions!

The pictures below all showcase the red eggs that have come to symbolize Macedonian Orthodox Easter. They die many eggs (all red) and give them to visitors that come on Easter and the two days following (making for a three-day holiday). It is also tradition to take one egg for everyone in your family, along with one representing the home, to church. The eggs must remain at the church overnight and then they are taken back home, where each family member consumes his/her egg. The shells are all thrown in a body of water. The egg for the home is then put up in the house, where it will remain until the following Easter (when it is thrown in the body of water, with that year's shells).

We are so thankful that we were able to share and learn more about so many traditions over the last few days.


  1. Dear Shelley and Cody,
    So happy that you're learning so much about other faiths and traditions! Pascha is such a large part of Jeremiah's and Margaret's love for the Orthodox Church! Maybe you'll be willing to go to church with Molly and I when we visit the monastery next time...? Love and miss you both so much! Happy Easter!!! :)

  2. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Macedonia? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Macedonia in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia,39
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez