Easter is the most relevant and oldest feast in the Christian religion. Easter We celebrate as a commemoration of the passion, death and resurrection of the son of God. At the beginning Easter They were worshipped with a three-day fast which took place before Easter Sunday. During these fasting days a so-called sacrifice was offered. Later this fast was extended to forty days.
Fasting can be divided into two aspects - qualitative fasting, which talks about what Christians can eat, and quantitative fastingwhich tells them how much food they can eat. What is a strict fast? Strict fasting It combines qualitative and quantitative fasting. The qualitative fast excludes meat and all meat-based foods such as broth from the diet. According to the Christian religion, a qualitative fast is obligatory for everyone over the age of seven every Friday - the day on which, according to the Christian religion, the Son of God died.
Qualitative fasting allows you to eat animal products such as eggs, dairy products and fish and shellfish. Quantitative fasting allows you to eat one meal a day, which will satiate you, but does not prohibit you from eating in the morning and evening, but small portions that will not allow you to overeat. The quantitative fast is obligatory for Christians from eighteen to sixty years of age in Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
During the quantitative fasting, meat may be eaten at one meal a day, with which one may eat to satiety. However, in case of small, morning and evening meals, meat consumption is forbidden. In order to keep a fast, it is easiest to follow the rule of eating one third of what you usually eat for breakfast or dinner.
Quantitative fasting applies to Christians on all other days of Lent except Fridays. Quantitative fasting applies during Lent on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (except Ash Wednesday and Dry Day, during which there is a strict fast) and Thursdays. Quantitative fasting applies to Christians who are over 21 years of age and have not started yet 60 years old.
What to eat at Easter and why these particular dishes?
What on Easter? W Holy Saturday Christians bless eggs and holiday foods. During Easter, all products and foods that have been placed in easter the basket, and which have been consecrated, must be eaten, nothing must be thrown out of them, or animals fed with them. What should be in the holy basket and eaten in the Easter?
Among the foods, above all, there must be bread and salt. Bread is the food for survival, while salt is the mineral that gives us life and the basis of existence.
What foods must be included in a holy day?
The most basic food that is found in the sacrament is bread, which for Christians is the most important symbol, it is a metaphor for the body Son Of God. Putting it in the basket easter guarantees all of us much prosperity and good fortune for the whole year. In the basket easter there must also be pepper and salt, which is spiceswhich are used to flavor eggs and other foods that are eaten at breakfast in Easter.
They are a symbol of preservation from spoilage by sin and cleansing, which was done by fasting. The role of salt is to protect from spoilage, salt purifies, and once it was believed that it can ward off evil. For people believers Salt means life and truth, which is why it is said to be the so-called "salt of the earth", a term with which Son of God's He called those who follow him. Eggs should also be part of the Easter basket, as they are the eggs most associated with Easter. The basket should contain eggs that have been cooked hard.
Like the lamb eggs are a symbol of the triumph of life over death. It is also a sign of reborn life, and just as the chick must break the egg shell to move on to new life, so Christ broke the "shell" of the tomb in which he was laid and rolled a large stone. In the basket easter we must also place a horseradish root, which symbolizes strength. Its function is to bring us health and vigor. Horseradish, because of its sharp taste, is also a symbol of suffering Jesushis torment and his cruel death. In the basket easter We can also place cheese, which symbolizes the connection between humans and nature. According to tradition, the cheese in the Easter basket was to ensure health and prosperity in the breeding of domestic animals such as cows, goats and sheep, from which the milk comes. In the basket easter there must be cold meat, usually ham or sausage.
It is a sign of sacrifice Christ laid down on the cross, the body given up for us. Easter baskets should also contain cake, preferably homemade yeast cake. A very important symbol is also a lamb, which is a sign Christwhich Catholics call interchangeably the "Lamb of God". This is a reference also to the Passover lamb sacrificed God in sacrifice. A figurine made of cake, icing or bread refers to redemption sinners, by death Jesus on the cross on Good Friday.
A lamb formed from bread dough, sugar, chocolate, marzipan and butter signifies humility and gentleness. If the lamb has a red flag attached to it, it is a symbol of Son of God with a banner to highlight his triumph and victory. Son of God sacrificed his life for us to rise from the dead, thus defeating sin and evil. At Easter breakfast we share what we find in the blessed Easter egg. Saturday We celebrate the feast and taste special, traditional dishes prepared for this occasion.