We have been invited several times to celebrate Russian Easter with the Mohoff’s and I do believe this was the first time we were able to make it..
We arrived on Saturday the 11th of April mid-afternoon.. No sooner did we get there and Mary Ann’s daughter Tracy and grandson Lyndon arrived! Let the festivities begin..
Both Mike & Mary Ann had been preparing for this celebration for a couple of days.. They had already prepared food by the “plenty”.
We had a casual dinner the 6 of us on Saturday evening.. And watched some TV and retired early.
Sunday morning was busy.. The 5 of them took a nice 5 mile walk while I stayed and took my time getting ready for the day.. Takes me longer these days to get things done..
Wasn’t long and they were all back from their walk.. Soon dishes were in crock pots, pressure cookers, ovens, etc.. All the delightful aroma’s were so inviting..
Soon people started arriving.. Family and Friends most of Russian decent of some type.. all except us and a few other friends..
What a fun day it was!! There was lots of VODKA going around.. home made VODKA with different flavors.. and of course you just drank them as a straight shot and down the hatch! I personally had over the course of the day about 6 or so shots.. However Everett I think had slightly more.. Because I saw him looking at people with one eye open and one eye closed.. guess if he had both eyes open he saw double..
It was a fun fun time! Thanks guys for having us!!
Easter (russ.: Пасха [Paskha]) is in Russia the major religious celebration of the year. It is even more important than Christmas. Faithful and atheists, kids and adults, city dwellers and country folk go to church to attend the Easter Mass. Easter in Russia is a lot more than a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a long and powerful tradition that could not be eliminated even by the communists. Easter cleanses our souls and thoughts. It brings peace, joy and hope. And, of course, the Russians are looking forward to a happy family feast with lots of special Easter food like Easter bread, traditional cheese cake Paskha, Easter eggs and other tasty treats.
In Russia Easter is usually celebrated later than in the West. This happens because Easter dates are determined by different calendars. The Russian-Orthodox church uses the old Julian calendar, whereas the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches switched to the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century.