Easter is one of the most joyful and bright holidays of the year. Its celebration is associated with many age-old traditions and customs that add the Easter special flavor and warmth. Unfortunately, not all of us are familiar with the Orthodox Easter traditions. About what you do at Easter and what not to do in this religious feast, as well as what to do before and after Easter, and will be discussed next.

What to do before Easter: the main tradition of days

The celebration of the Lord's Resurrection Holy week — the last week before the great feast. In the old days every day was associated with certain traditions that all believers strictly followed. So, for example, on Monday the hostess started to put things in perfect order in the house. In addition to General cleaning, in this day also prepared a special essential oil herb, which throughout the subsequent year was treated for various ailments. Tuesday was washing and darning their clothes. Also, good Tuesday reconciled and asked for forgiveness. Wednesday usually finished all the housework and cooked the eggs.

On Maundy Thursday all the family members have bathed, preferably before dawn. A ritual ablution guaranteed good health for the whole year, but also symbolized a spiritual cleansing. Also on Thursday started to paint eggs and bake Easter cakes. On Good Friday, as a rule, did nothing and tried not to eat. Thus, scalabili believers in Christ. On the last day before Easter — Saturday, I finished the final preparations. In this day the women prepared all of the remaining Easter treats, cleaned and washed.

What are you doing in Easter?

Celebrate Easter Sunday — the last day of Holy week. Traditionally, the believers go in the night from Saturday to Sunday in the Church, to defend the Easter service to consecrate Easter cakes and eggs. In addition to traditional cakes and krashanka, you can also Holy water, salt, fruit. It is believed that the consecrated food brings health. In addition, it is also customary to leave out the Church part borne products for everyone in need on this day was able to share the joy of the holiday.

Note! At Easter it is customary to greet one another with special words: "Christ is Risen". In response to this greeting should say: "he is Risen Indeed". Then thrice kiss.

Sunday morning the whole family gathers at one table, to start celebrating Easter. First, the head of the family cuts the cake into as many parts as people present at the table. With a piece of Easter cake and Easter eggs and it starts breaking fast. After you can also try other holiday meals. Then all day we need to rejoice and be glad.

What can not be done on Easter?

There is a list of things for Easter to do it. For example, this day is strictly forbidden to swear, to quarrel, to grieve and to go to the cemetery. Also it is impossible to work and do physical exercise. Not welcomed by the Church and excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, including the consecration of them during the service.

What do you do after Easter?

In the first week after Easter, it is customary to remember the dead. All week you can go to the cemetery and bring Easter treats.

Also in the period before the ascension (40 days after the resurrection of Christ) should follow the main Easter rules: be friendly, joyful, not to swear, to live in peace with others. It is necessary to work less and avoid hard physical labor. At this time is to pay more attention to spiritual development and purification.

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I hope that we have answered the main question about what to do at Easter and what not to do. And this year you will actually apply all the knowledge.