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Celebrating Orthodox Easter

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Orthodox Easter is a very important holiday for Orthodox Christians and it is celebrated by millions of people around the world (including in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Greece). One of the most important traditions of Orthodox Easter is Great Lent, which lasts for 40 days, and includes self-examination and fasting. This period culminates on Lazarus Saturday, which is followed by Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

The tradition to paint eggs is one of the most popular customs during this holiday. The eggs are painted in various colours and designs, with each colour having its own meaning. For example, red represents the blood of Christ, while green represents spring and new life. The Orthodox Easter egg painting techniques include simple dyeing, stencilling and spectacular wax painting techniques. The most known natural dye is onion peel which can be used to paint eggs in colours ranging from bright yellow to dark red. Orthodox Easter is a time for family gatherings, church services, and traditional foods. It’s a time to celebrate new life and hope for the future.


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