Celebrating Easter in Romania Essay

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One of the most important religious holidays in Romania is Easter, the annual festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on a Sunday on changeable dates between March and April. Usually it is a week after the Catholic Easter. In Romania, the Christian Church says that Jesus was born during the winter solstice and his death followed by his resurrection happened during the spring equinox.
Everyone, rich or poor, dresses in their best clothing; some are dressed in national costumes and attend to the midnight church service. Candles are lit from the priest to each person throughout the service, solemnly utter “Jesus Christ has resurrected” and sing prayers. After the service there is a multitude of flaring lit
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Then the eggs are decorated manually using a goose feather, chisita (thin and round stick made of wood), to write the motifs or symbols, and a little brush, to cover the larger spaces or thick lines. To decorate the eggs is used vegetal colors obtained from sweet apple peal, onion leafs or flowers.
In Romania the painted eggs represent a proof of the tradition, beliefs and Easter customs being placed among the elements of great folk, cultural value, which define the ethnical peculiarities of our people. There is a tradition of knocking eggs which must be respected: two people hold eggs in their hand and they break the other’s person egg saying “Christ is rising!” The person that has their egg broken is considered weaker and has to give their egg to the other person. Forty days people will greet each other with “Christ is rising!” instead of the regular greetings.
The midnight mass with candle light, the view of thousands of candles lit in the darkness in the silence of the night, makes us feel peaceful. It is said that lit candles prevent thunder and lightning from harming people as they return home. After the Church service, people leave with their candle still lit returning home to place them in their home, to give light to the members of the family that did not attend the

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