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This year, Orthodox Christians of the Eastern rite will celebrate Easter on April 8. The feast was established in honor of the resurrection of Jesus Christ - the center of all biblical history and the foundation of all Christian doctrine.
Since the Easter holiday does not have a clear binding to a specific date, the day of the Orthodox celebration can be calculated with the help of the Alexandria special calendar. Every year, Easter falls only on Sunday.
As you know, sometime after the 49-day fasting, it was decided to consecrate only bread (Paska), eggs, meat, cheese and milk, but now Orthodox Christians consecrate everything they put on their holiday table.
Now the consecration of Easter cakes is a kind of a symbolic rite. The transition to other food is consecrated in general - from fasting to the food unauthorized in fasting.
Therefore, we will figure out what can be put in the Easter basket for consecration, and what should not be placed there categorically.
What you can consecrate in the church:
Easter Paska is the most important ritual bread that is baked on Pure Thursday or Saturday;
cheese and dairy products;
meat (homemade meat dishes or sausage);
the church does not welcome alcohol in the Easter basket, but admits Kagor (fortified dessert red wine).
What cannot be consecrated categorically:
alcohol (except for Kagor wine);
products made from the blood of animals;
salt, pepper, and horseradish, as these products were allowed during fasting;
do not bring fruits and vegetables to the church for the same reason;
jewelry, documents, money and other valuables.
It should be remembered that the Easter basket is collected only for the consecrating of products that can be eaten after the end of the Lent. So, don’t bring too much food.