In ROMANIA, Easter reunites the family for a rich and carefully prepared lunch. The main dishes are: lamb, pasca and eggs.
Easter table setup in Romania: Salads, Red Eggs, Drob and fresh veggies
Oua rosii (Red Easter Eggs)
It wouldn’t be Easter without the Red Eggs! And in Romania we don’t hide them in parks or forests. WE EAT THEM. At the table. At lunch.
They are hard-boiled, colored in different colors, but mainly in RED, symbolizing Jesus’ blood.
We also knock the eggs together to break their shell and say:
– “Christ is Risen!” (Hristos a inviat!)
– “He is Risen Indeed!” (Adevarat a inviat!)
It’s made of minced lamb offal (internal organs – liver or kidney), mixed with eggs and spices, wrapped in caul fat (the membrane that surrounds the internal organs) and cooked in the oven.
It’s a traditional Easter cake, with sweet cheese and raisins. The recipe can vary in different regions of Romania.
It’s a sweet bread (similar to Pantettone in Italy). Cozonac is not a typical Easter food, but it’s cooked for big religious holidays (like Christmas) or other important events. It takes time and effort to make it! (up to 8 hours).
Other cakes and foods
According to the time and mood of the housewife, there can be other cakes or foods at the Easter table 🙂
Easter is the religious holiday celebrating the the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God. The date varies each year according to the Lunar Calendar (usually at the end of April, beginning of May). This year, the Catholic and Orthodox Easter are on the same date (the 20th of April 2014).
How is the Easter Food where you come from? Do you celebrate Easter?