With spring well on its way and nature waking up after a long winter, every Russian soul is filled with joy. And our happiness has not only to do with the warm weather, the sun, the first green leaves but also because of the opportunity отпраздновать Великий день – день святой Пасхи (to celebrate a great feast: Holy Easter).
Easter which is never celebrated before March 22, comes on the first Sunday following the spring equinox and the full moon of March.
Many of us can’t call ourselves true Christians, but we happily get ready for this day. Already on the Thursday preceding Easter, housewives красят яйца (paint eggs), пекут куличи (bake kulich, Easter cakes) and prepare творожную пасху (Easter cheese-cake). Of course, it is now possible to buy all these products directly in the shops, but preparing these cakes ourselves is much more interesting… and tastier.
Try to boil chicken or quail eggs with onion skins for 12-15 minutes, they will have a bright, golden-brown color. If you keep the eggs in a decoction of young birch leaves, they will turn green, and saffron will make them bright-yellow.
That’s it. Cover and set your table, call the guests and Христос Воскресе! (Christ is risen!)