April 17, 2009Posted by on
Painted eggs symbolize Jesus’ tomb, which opened when Jesus returned to life, therefore when knocking and breaking two eggs against each other (as well as when people meet) a set greeting formula is used – “Jesus has risen!” “He has risen indeed!”
Apparently, people knocking red Easter eggs will meet each other in Heaven. The eggs also symbolize spring rejuvenation.
In popular tradition, Easter eggs have miraculous powers: curing diseases, protecting animals and keeping away from evil.
Knocking/breaking eggs means God’s primordial sacrifice; people follow certain rules: the oldest person in the family knocks the top of his egg with the top of his partner’s egg, held in his hand, saying: ‘Jesus has risen”, and the other one answers: “He has risen indeed”.
Other food on the table
“Pasca” is a traditional cake made only once a year – always for Easter. It has a round shape, a cross in the middle and knitted dough around it.
The “drob” is made of lamb grounded entrails (kidneys, liver, heart), seasoned, rolled in a lamb midriff and cooked in the oven.