Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Traditional Polish Easter Basket



Polish parishioners have shared this early-medieval tradition with our Anglo community. This year, I adopted this richly symbolic custom and prepared my first Święconka, meaning the blessing of the Easter Baskets.
The Baskets contain a sampling of Easter foods to be blessed on Holy Saturday for gatherings on Easter Sunday. 
The food in the Polish Easter Basket is similar to the Jewish Passover Menu. 

Blessings to all your Easter food too!
The foods in the baskets have a symbolic meaning as follow:
Eggs - symbolize life and Christ's resurrection
Bread - symbolic of Jesus
Lamb - represents Christ
Salt - represents purification.
Horseradish - symbolic of the bitter sacrifice of Christ
Ham - symbolic of great joy and abundance

We are all connected in one way or another in faith and traditions.
This year, I selected these readings to celebrate diverse traditions during Easter's Sunday: 

Read: Tekla’s Easter  (1962) and Catherine’s Pascha (2015) Children's Stories.

Both books tell the story of one little girl who is celebrating Easter. 
The Eastern and Western point of view had one thing in common: 
Celebrate Easter with family and church community.



For dessert what about and individual Easter Bread?



Enjoy the food with your family or friends!