Easter cakes, eggs, “Christ is Risen” - “Truly is Risen” - it would seem that there could be more traditional and understandable than Christian Easter. After the New Year and celebrating its own birthday, Easter takes the honorable third place in a series of secular and religious holidays. But in fact, this is also not the case with this holiday. Let's figure it out.
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For some reason, it is celebrated on Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. Thus, it unites the lunar and solar calendar. This alone is rather strange, because the resurrection of Christ as a historical event cannot be a floating date, celebrated either on May 1, then on April 5 or on the 28th, as it is now.
The fact that the story of the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ suspiciously resembles the story of the birth, life and death of Greek Mithra or Roman Dionysus, Egyptian Osiris or Syrian Adonis, we have already told in the video about Christmas. And what pagan roots does Easter have? “VelIkden” was the name of the spring folk holiday dedicated to the sun among the eastern and some southern Slavs.
There was, of course, the Great Night - a period of low solar activity from the autumn to the spring equinox. The continuation of the Great Week was the so-called “Bright Week”, which lasted eight days. It was believed that during this week the souls of the deceased visit living relatives and friends, drink, eat and rejoice with them. The memorial days of this week were the first (in some regions - the second) day of Easter (or Great Day) and Navskiy Thursday. Fasting began - people went to break fast at the cemetery with the dead. And here the Orthodox Church disowns such traditions, declaring that trips to the cemetery on Easter are not a Christian tradition. However, it is widely practiced.
In fact, its origins must be sought in pre-Christian culture. In the Slavic calendar there is such a holiday - the day of Remembrance of the Ancestors, when services are performed at all cemeteries and churchyards, cleanliness and order are brought to the graves and mounds. In addition to gifts and demands for deceased ancestors, sacred fires (candles, lamps, fire lamps) are lit on the graves.
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But back to the holiday itself and its traditions. But the week before Great Day (that is, Easter) was called in the old days Red, Rusal or Holy Week. They prepared for the celebration throughout the Red Week - from Monday to Saturday they did general cleaning of the house, whitewash the stoves and even the walls, waiting for the souls of deceased relatives to visit. The main preparations were made from Thursday, which is still called Maundy Thursday today. From that day until Saturday of the same week, the hostesses baked Easter cakes, painted eggs, baked meat; the men set up swings, prepared firewood for the holiday, and so on.
But after all, little has changed in our days - housewives, especially in the countryside, are trying to put their house and yard in order just a week before Easter.
Interestingly, among the southern Slavs, the most important spring holiday is called St. George's Day. Among the Lusatian Serbs, the name of the holiday comes from the word "morning", and Easter is called that - jutry "yutro" - Easter, the adjective Easter sounds like "jutroni" jutrowny, while morning is called "morning" jutro. Here's to you, grandmother, and Yuryev, or rather, Morning day!
Every time you observe Easter cakes and painted eggs in a store, have you ever wondered: what does Christ have to do with it? He that resurrected, hatching from an egg? Or did he break with the disciples not a loaf of bread, but a cake with raisins and white icing? Of course, like everything else, Easter cakes are pre-Christian traditions. Easter cakes are a symbol of fertility. And it has analogues in the Indian tradition. For example, the lingam is a sacred stone among the Hindus.
During the ritual, it is watered with milk - that is, the symbol of the fertile seed. On Easter cakes, we see it in the form of white glaze. The clergy themselves are forced to admit that this is not their tradition: “The Easter cake was never known in the Old Testament Passover, and indeed in Christianity in general. The origin of the Easter cake is pagan”. As for the colored eggs, there was also a divine intimacy. Often the lingams among the Hindus are depicted as eggs on a stand, which personifies you yourself.