With Easter well on its way this weekend for most of Eastern Europe and Russia, Eastloveswest.com is here to wish a good half of the world happy holidays! Even if you’re not an avid believer, we’re sure you enjoy the great traditions and amazing food that is specific to this part of spring.
For those of you on the western side of the world, well we’re here to share with you some of the loveliest traditions from Eastern Europe and Russia celebrating Orthodox Easter. And, well, we’re quite happy to say that most of them involve some of the most delicious foods we’ve ever tasted!
Bulgarians bake a wonderfully-flavored braided sweet bread called kozunak. Other cakes include cookie rabbits and buns in various animal shapes. Romanians are very similar in when it comes to these baked goods and both cultures have a tradition after Holy Saturday to compete in cracking painted eggs with their friends and family. The egg that cracks another is considered the winner and is considered a sign of good luck.
Croatians paint very specific Easter eggs. They’re called Pisanice and they’re decorated in various styles depending on the region. Many years ago it was quite common for young men to give a nicely-colored pisanica to a girl they liked as a symbol of their affection.
Lithuanians also serve a sort of no-bake cheesecake called pashka. It usually comes in the form of pyramid-shaped molded cheese or ball-shaped. It doesn’t sound very appetizing, but we swear it’s absolutely delicious! Other parts of Eastern Europe serve pie-like variation of it that is just as good.
What’s your favorite from the list or what else would you like to try out? So much of the world waiting for us to have a taste!