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.




Today it is the orthodox Easter.Happy Easter from Greece

Easter in Greece

Easter in Greece

Easter in Chrysohori primary school by aggeliki katsani on Slide.ly - SlideShow Maker

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 eggs from Turkish team for our European friends :)




Slovakia received an Easter postcard from Polish team. Thanks a lot. Great art.


Easter in Spain


(Holy Week) 


Spain is especially renowned for its Holy Week traditions or Semana SantaHoly 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.




























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.

Paștele  -  Easter

Here is a delicious Romanian menu for Easter: 

Appetizers: dyed eggs (ouă vopsite), lamb haggis (drob de miel), spring onions (ceapă verde), bread (pâine) 

First course: sour lamb soup (borș de miel)

Second course: lamb onion and garlic stew (stufat de miel)

Third course: lamb roast (friptură de miel)

Dessert: Easter cake with cottage cheese (pască)

for adults: Romanian brandy (țuică) with appetizers, red wine (vin roșu) with roast 
for children: water (apă) juice (suc)

Lamb haggis (Drob de miel)

Innards (heart, kidneys, liver, tongue, spleen) from a lamb 
2 big onions
2 eggs
1 tablespoon mixed chopped parsley and dill
1 tablespoon chopped green onions (green parts) 
salt, pepper
1 tablespoon lard
1 bread slice

Grind the innards with the finely chopped raw or slightly fried onion, lard and crustless slice of bread (previously soaked and squeezed dry). 
Add salt, pepper, chopped parsley and dill, chopped green onions, beaten eggs and mix everything well. In a well greased pan, set the washed lamb stomach so as to cover the bottom and sides of the pan with room to spare. 
Arrange the ground meat mixture, cover with the sides of the stomach and bake. 
When ready, turn onto a plate and serve with green lettuce.


Lamb haggis (Drob de miel)

Lamb haggis (Drob de miel)


Easter cake with cottage cheese (Pască)

Sweet bread dough (regular or Russian) 
1 lb/500 g cottage cheese 
4 oz/100 g Raisins 
3-4 eggs 
1 tablespoon butter 
sugar to taste 
a little grated lemon peel 

Mix the ingredients for filling to obtain a homogeneous paste. 
Roll a pencil thick sheet out of the sweet bread dough. Place in a baking pan. 
From another piece of dough form a long, finger thick roll and arrange it around the sheet, sticking to the walls of the pan. 
Place the filling within, without covering the roll on the edges. 
Make two more such dough rolls and place them over the filling in an X shape. 
After the cake has risen a bit in a warm place, use a little egg wash over the dough rolls. 
Set in the oven to bake. Remove from the pan when it is cold. 


Easter cake with cottage cheese (Pască)
Easter cake with cottage cheese (Pască)


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Romanian Tradition Basket






Romanian Egg decorations




Slovak team received first Easter postcard. Thanks a lot to Polish team! Great job!



Easter is the most significant Christian holiday in Slovakia. Slovaks begin Easter celebration on Holy Thursday. Good Friday is a state holiday in Slovakia. On Good Friday, the day of abstinence, Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. Then on Easter Sunday then celebratethe resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; however, not only Christians celebrate Easter. Easter preparations begin days before Easter. To be ready for the feast, people bake pastries, cookies, and do extensive grocery shopping. Easter dinner menu is always festive: potato salad with mayonnaise, cooked ham, cold cuts (eggs, sausages, home cooked cheese, horseradish, beetroot, pickles) and sandwiches are served on Easter Sunday as well as on Easter Monday.  Cookies (in the shape of sheep, rabit or chicken) and pastries cannot be excluded rom the Easter menu.

Several rituals and customs from thepast times are known and kept in presentations of some folk groups up to now. The drowning of  Morena (wooden board decked in woman´s clothes was sent floating down the river) symbolized getting rid of bad things from the previous year.

Easter Monday used to be celebrated by guys chasing girls around with a whip (switching - šibačka) made from willow branches (korbáče) and pouring buckets of water (watering – oblievačka) on them.The point is not to cause harm, instead, this tradition keep the girls more beautiful, younger, become prettier, and also more skilled in their daily doings for the whole year.Green budding twigs were believed to have magical powers, and that’s where the tradition of Easter switching comes from. Girls reward the boys by giving them hand-decorated Easter eggs, chocolates, liquor, or even money. Easter eggs (kraslice) are quite popular in Slovak tradition. Kraslice are painted, dyed, or otherwise decorated blown eggs. Many decorate kraslice at home.






  Photos by: Mgr. K. Kočišová, personal archive



Slovak students have made the Easter postcards for you, eTwinning friends, by filiform technology online. We are going to send  them next week.

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