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What to put in the Easter basket

Every housewife prepares as best as possible for Easter. Delicious snacks and meals are traditionally prepared for guests and family. But the main dishes are those that should be put in the Easter basket and carried to the church for consecration. It should be in the Easter basket a standard set of dishes and products, each of which has its own symbolic meaning and reminds us of the special inseparable connection of people with the Creator. The list is as follows: paska, cheese (butter), meat, eggs, horseradish and salt.

The Easter basket is decorated with greens, mostly boxwood, less often – periwinkle. They cover it with an embroidered towel, the pattern of which symbolizes life and eternity. They put a candle in the basket, which symbolizes Christ, who became “the light of the world.”

Paska or babka – sweet bread baked with raisins, symbolizes to us Christ himself, who became the lamb who sacrificed himself. Paska – a symbol of eternal life, the Lamb of God. According to the tradition, a lot of pasak is baked so that there will be enough for all the days of the holidays, and to be given to guests at home or brought as a gift. One paska should be large – which is put in a basket and carried to the church for consecration.

In some places, the tradition of consecrating sweet bread baked in the shape of an Easter lamb is still preserved. This is a rather old tradition. And such a lamb can be put in the basket. He is a symbol of the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ.

Cheese and butter – dairy products, original creations that were in the plan of the Creator. They are symbols of God’s sacrifice and his care for us. He has been taking care of us since the beginning.

eggs – a special and interesting component of the Easter basket. An egg is life itself. Indestructible at first – becomes alive. Reminds me of the Resurrection, doesn’t it? That is why the egg is his symbol. Eggs are painted with pictures in advance, making Easter eggs, or painted in one color, making eggs.

Meat dishes – sausage and ham are also an indispensable part of the Easter basket. Even before Jesus, in the traditions of the Old Testament Passover – the holiday of the exodus from Egyptian captivity, there was a tradition of consuming a sacrificial lamb on Passover. Having sacrificed himself for us and our sins, Jesus himself becomes this sacrificial lamb. We rejoice that Christ is Risen, because we will also be able to rise through him, and we eat meat dishes in honor of this great holiday.

Horseradish – should remind us of the bitterness of the captivity of sin. Horseradish is a strong plant in itself and should strengthen us in the fight against sins.

Salt – a special component of the Easter basket. Salt symbolizes fullness and abundance. Food will be incomplete without salt, imperfect. Salt complements it and enriches its taste. That’s how Jesus called his disciples “the salt of the earth.”

It is inappropriate and unnecessary to put in the basket those dishes that are not mentioned in the prayer for consecration. What is not put in the basket. In some, you can see sweets, fruits, juices, olives, alcohol. These products do not need to be sanctified. They have no symbolic meaning, it is better to leave them at home.

Resurrection is a joyful holiday for adults and children. Full of goodies, games and songs. It takes a long time to prepare. But the perfection of the festive table will allow the hostess and her family to forget about all the troubles before that. Let’s celebrate with joy!

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