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How to celebrate Easter the Baltic way – #stayathome edition
 

As Easter is approaching, we would like to send you our warmest wishes. Although most of us currently living in self-isolation mode, it won't stop us from celebrating this spring holiday. Here’s how we do it!

Experience Baltic culture by trying some of our Easter traditions. Who knows, maybe you’d like to adopt one or two? :)

A BIT OF HISTORY

Lieldienas (LV), Velykos (LT) or Lihavõttepühad (EE) holiday in the Baltic region was traditionally the celebration of the spring equinox; however, once Christianity took hold, this festival became associated with Easter and is now celebrated on the date on which Easter Sunday falls. To this day Easter celebrations in the Baltics represent a unique combination of Christian and ancient pagan traditions.

Egg-dyeing. Similarly to many other nations, this is the most widespread and loved Easter tradition in the Baltics. However, most of us dye eggs using ancient methods and natural colourings, such as onion peel, birch whisk, alder bark or chamomile infusions. Try tying fresh sprouts, herb leaves, moss and other natural materials around the eggs before boiling to get intricate patterns.
Egg-knocking competitions. Have a traditional game of egg-knocking with your close ones. It's simple: tap the end of your egg against your opponent's and the shell that doesn't crack is the winner! The ancient Balts believed that the person, whose egg remain unbeaten would have a long life.
Swinging. Find a set of swings and swing as high as possible! Swinging on Easter is believed to keep the mosquitoes away in summer (and is also quite fun!).
Observing weather. Easter Sunday is the perfect day to predict what the weather will be like in summer. According to ancient beliefs, if it rains, a wet summer is expected. If the sun rises bright on Easter morning, a hot summer is in store.
Having a festive lunch. A good option for those on a complete lockdown – gather around the table with your close ones to enjoy special dishes. Make sure you have boiled eggs on the table. Some other holiday dishes popular in Eastern Europe and Russia are Paskha and Easter bread. However, don’t sit at the table for too long – dance, jump, be active – movement represents life and helps the land wake up from its winter sleep.
Happy Easter!
 
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