EASTER IN SCOTLAND
Here is a fantastic Easter Celebration at the Kirk of Calder. It is fitting that we were able to mark Maundy Thursday with an excellent version of the Easter story performed by pupils from P5/4. The Kirk of Calder is an integral part of our school community and we are very fortunate to have such a historic building so close the school. In fact, the first school in Mid Calder was attached to the church and then later, when the schools in the village were built, they were also supported by the Kirk. So – no Kirk of Calder = no Mid Calder Primary School! Many thanks to Rev. Povey for opening the doors to us (and putting the heating on!) The actors and actresses in P5/4 were ably supported by the whole school singing the rousing songs from ‘Easter Children’ and nearly raised the roof, the singing was so good.
Easter in Greece
Easter in Greece
Easter is approaching for the Orthodox Christians and so in our school we painted eggs that we have decorated them with leaves of flowers.We Prepared our CANDLES FOR resurrection. We made small chickens from wool. Happy Easter from Greece
Easter in Spain
Spain is especially renowned for its Holy Week traditions or Semana Santa. Holy Week, the last week of Lent, which is the week immediately before Easter, sees its most glamorous celebrations in the region of Andalusia, particularly in Málaga and Seville, while those of Castile see the more sombre and solemn events, typified by Semana Santa at Zamora and Valladolid. This is a religious holiday.
During Easter week in Seville you'll see how the cofradías (religious brotherhoods) manage to withstand the colossal weight of elaborately decorated statues of the Virgin Mary as they parade through the narrow streets of the old town. Easter week in Malaga includes the ritual privilege of the freeing of a prisoner, and one of the most moving moments of all is when the figure of Jesus Christ blesses the convict. During the Easter week celebrations in Cuenca you can also enjoy the concerts in the Religious Music Week festival, which take place in historic buildings such as the cathedral.
POLISH POST ISSUES OCCASIONAL STAMPS AND CARDS
EASTER MONDAY = WET MONDAY , PALM SUNDAY
Orthodox Easter Day in Romania
Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which often differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period often occurs later than the Easter period that falls around the time of the March equinox.
In Romania, many Easter traditions have been preserved until now. The celebrations starts with the Good Week, which begins with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem and ends with Easter Sunday, when Christ resurrected. During this week, final preparations are made for the big celebration.
On Good Thursday, also called Holy Thursday, people take food and drink to the church. In the same day, boiled eggs are painted, because they say that if the eggs turn red on Holy Thursday, they will keep without spoiling all year. The prominent color for Easter eggs is red, but other colors like yellow, green or blue are also used.
In Romania, you will also see a special kind of painted eggs, with different geometrical and floral motifs, all with different colors on the same egg. The egg painting ritual has been kept to date but only a few people still master the art of egg painting. The process involves various paints and wax. This type of painted egg would make a great gift to your loves ones who live elsewhere in the world. Most of the colored eggs on Easter can be eaten, as they are boiled. These special eggs however are emptied of their content so you will buy only a colored, light shell.
Another tradition related to eggs is that of tapping eggs on Easter day. Children usually have a competition to see whose egg has the thickest crust and can tap and break all the other eggs. This is usually done with normal, colored eggs that can be eaten afterward. The eggs tapping game also involves a saying with religious conotation: the first person says ‘Christ has resurrected’ (in Romanian, ‘Cristos a inviat’), while the second goes “True, he has resurrected” (in Romanian, ‘Adevarat a inviat’).
The Good Friday is also called the Friday of Sufferings, because Jesus was crucified on this day. A tradition that has been kept in Romania is that of placing flowers at the church for Christ and passing under the table three times, signifying the pains Christ had when he carried his cross to his crucifixion.
On the night between Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday, people go to church to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by attending the midnight mass, where they light candles. After that, they take the lighted candles home, to have the holly light in their homes, souls and lives.
In the Easter Sunday morning, people usually go to church for the Easter morning mass. This mass is however not as much attended as the midnight one. After that, they go back home and eat the blessed food which they took with them to the church.
Romanian Easter Eggs
Romanian Tradition Basket
Romanian Egg decorations