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Easter Traditions at Neamt

31 March 2010 No Comment

easter-traditions-neamtEaster Holyday represents for believers one of the most important Christian celebrations. That is why, every year each Christian respects the holy traditions and prepare to receive the Light of Resurrection.  According to traditions, in Neamt County people have to clean their houses few weeks before Easter and in some parts there is also the tradition to wear something new.

In the week before Easter believers take part each night at the holy service and on Friday, also called The Big Friday, believers will pass under The Holy Air. This is represented by a table on which priests place the icon of Jesus Descending into the Tomb.

In the Night of the Resurrection every Christian holds a burning candle which is lighted by priests in the altar of the church. The candle represents the Resurrection, life that conquers death, the light of Christ that conquers the darkness. Usually this candle is kept all year long.

What a holyday would be without traditional food. For Easter we have painted eggs, lamb and pasca (some kind of cocoa pie or cream pie or cheese pie). The eggs represent the tomb of Christ that opened when Jesus was Resurrected by God. When we bounce the eggs we say “Hristos a Inviat!” and the other answers “Adevarat a Inviat!”. This means in a direct translation “Christ was Resurrected!”, “It’s true, he was Resurrected!”. Pasca is made only once a year and is of round shape with a cross on top of it.

The lamb is to remind us that Jesus suffered for our sins and just like an innocent lamb he died for us. In Neamt County there are some of the oldest monasteries from Moldova Region, Romania. These monasteries keep all religious Easter traditions alive!
Every year these monasteries represent an attraction for tourists that come to Neamt to really feel the meaning of Easter. So come to Neamt and experience our traditions, take part at the religious services and receive the Easter Light in your soul.

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