Easter in Croatia – Tradition of Croats
Preparations for Easter lasts 40 days.
Easter is celebrated each year on a different date, but it is still one of the Sundays between the 22nd March and 25th April. Preparations for Easter lasts 40 days and end on the Sunday before Easter – Palm Sunday, after which begins the Holy Week.
Strict post on Good Friday
Good Friday is a traditional fast and abstinence and most eaten fish. In the Croatian mainland are mostly eaten beans, dried fruits, compotes, and cheese strudel pastry with nuts and poppy seeds. At the continental patterns and pike, in Istria and Dalmatia coast saltwater fish and seafood. Strict post means that once a day eats satisfied, while the other two meals are symbolic.
On Holy Saturday we prepare the food basket that is worn to church to be blessed.
On Holy Saturday, or the day before Easter, eats the same as on Friday, only thicker. Preparing the food basket that is worn to church to be blessed. Baskets usually contain ham and neck, sausage, boiled Easter eggs and green onions. In Continental Croatian baskets containing white bread, cheese pie in Dalmatia, in coastal Pinca. These are ritual rolls. Throughout Croatia baked bread in the form of braids that can be entangled egg. The blessed food is the first dish that everyone must eat.
Easter lunch is generous. In northern Croatia they eat chicken or turkey, and lamb south of Karlovac. At sea eats the best white fish, a side dish is always plentiful.
Easter Eggs Are Symbol of Life
When we talk about Easter eggs, eggs are a symbol of birth in many cultures. So it’s no wonder that Christians began to use that symbol. The eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant then were painted so that they are cooked with leaves and petals of certain flowers.
Pisanica is a decorated Croatian Easter egg that comes from an old Slavic custom dating back to pagan times. During Easter, eggs would be painted with bright colors, and would be given as gifts, especially to young children or a significant other. The word pisanica is derived from the Croatian word that means “writing.” The most common phrase put on pisanica is Happy Easter, or “Sretan Uskrs.” Other common decorations are doves, crosses, flowers, traditional designs, and other slogans wishing health and happiness.
Traditional Game on Easter Day
On Easter day, a traditional game is played in which at least two people choose eggs and hold them vertically while one person lightly taps the end of the other egg with their end, to see whose will crack. Anyone whose egg cracks must choose another and then tap the other person’s egg, and they continue until all the eggs have been used and cracked but the last one. Whoever holds the strongest egg in the end which has not been cracked, wins.
It is always the most important humanness which promoting this festive feast.
Each of these symbols has a specific meaning and its specific ways it brings people together. No matter what you eat or gifted, it is always the most important humanness which promoting this festive feast.