Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

The last week before Easter is called Holy Week, or Holy Week.This week begins after Palm Sunday, and is dedicated to the memory of the sufferings, death, and burial of Jesus Christ. Every day of Holy Week is called Great and is filled with a special meaning and symbolism.

Great Monday - April 6th.Fasting continues, and the last week is the most stringent with regard to food. Today you can eat bread, vegetables, fruits (desolation). Also on the first day of Holy Week, it is customary to clean the house.
In the temples on Monday, the Gospel account of how Jesus cursed the barren fig tree is remembered. This image symbolizes the soul, not bringing spiritual fruits.

Great Tuesday - April 7th.It is allowed to eat hot food without vegetable oil. Christians remember the Last Judgment and the exposure of Jesus to the Pharisees, who hid coldness and soullessness by outward piety.

Great Wednesday - April 8th.It is allowed to eat vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, bread (desiccation).
Our ancestors collected snow on this day, drowned it, and together with last year’s Thursday salt poured livestock over it to protect it from disease and damage.
On this day, remember the tradition of Jesus Christ of Judas. It also compares the two life paths - Mary Magdalene, a repentant sinner, and Jude, who chose the spiritual death.

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Maundy Thursday - April 9th.It is also called “Clean Thursday.” It was customary to bathe before dawn - it was believed that this brings health and longevity.
On Thursday, it is customary to decorate the house, paint eggs for Easter, make dough for Easter cakes, bake Easter and burn salt in the oven (Thursday salt).
Several evangelical stories are remembered in the temples — the last supper, the washing of the feet of his disciples by Christ, the prayer of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Judah.

Good Friday - April 10th.This is the saddest day of the pre-Easter week. On this day the torments of Christ, his crucifixion are remembered. On this day, believers do not eat anything until the afternoon. On Good Friday in the temples endure the Shroud.
Today you can not do household chores and cleaning, as well as wash.

Great Saturday - April 11th.On this day, believers remember the burial of Christ and the proclamation of his victory over evil. On Saturday, it is customary to paint eggs.
In the temples serve all-night services, which begin at sunset and continue until dawn. Easter cakes and Easter are consecrated during the service.
There are many beliefs associated with this day. It is believed that if you do not sleep on Sunday night, it will bring well-being and health. And if you drop the sanctified egg into the water and wash it with it, you can improve your health and prolong youth.

Bright Resurrection- the great feast of the Resurrection of Christ. In honor of him, believers greet each other: “Christ is Risen!”, And they say in reply: “Resurrected in truth!”. The Easter service marked the resurrection of Christ, and the end of Lent. Easter cakes, eggs, meat dishes and other delicacies appear on the holiday table.

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  • Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions

    Holy Week 2015: Easter traditions