E’ di nuovo Pasqua

“Cristo è risorto!”, “Sì, Cristo è veramente risorto!”, questo è il saluto che si scambieranno per i prossimi 40 giorni i milioni di fratelli di rito ortodosso che celebrano la Pasqua di Resurrezione l’8 aprile, a una settimana di distanza dai cattolici. La liturgia pasquale dura tutta la notte e usanza vuole che si consumi il pranzo in famiglia accanto alla tomba di un parente. Al centro della tavola viene posta la cesta delle uova colorate. Questa tradizione è collegata al fatto che la Pasqua coincide con l’inizio della primavera e dipingere uova insieme ai bambini significa trasmettere loro dei valori, raccontare il senso di una grande festa. L’uovo di cioccolato della Pasqua occidentale è praticamente sconosciuto in Russia. Sono invece molto popolari e diffuse le uova di Pasqua fatte a mano, solitamente dipinte semplicemente di rosso per rappresentare il sangue di Cristo, ma in giro si trovano anche uova molto più elaborate. (foto Ap)

A woman spreads incense next to a relative's grave at dawn in Copaciu, southern Romania, Thursday, April 5, 2018. On Maundy Thursday during the holy week of Easter, Orthodox Christians in small southern Romanian villages go to local graveyards before sunrise as part of a centuries-old ritual, light candles and small fires, release incense and leave small bags of food on the ground or offer them with other people. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Greek Orthodox priests take part in a Good Friday reenactment of Christ being taken down from the crucifix, at the Pendeli Monastery, near Athens, on Friday, April 6, 2018. Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 8. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
A boy lights a candle during a Good Friday Mass, at the Pendeli Monastery, near Athens, on Friday, April 6, 2018. Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 8. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
A woman lights a candle during a Good Friday Mass, at the Prechistensky, the Cathedral Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, April 6, 2018. Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 8.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
A Greek Orthodox Christian Priest holds candles during the Good Friday procession of the Epitaphios, at the church of Saint George Exorinos within the ancient walls of Famagusta city, Cyprus, on Friday, April 6, 2018. According to Orthodox tradition, the faithful follow the Epitaphios which rests under a flower-adorned canopy in procession around the church to commemorate Christ's funeral procession. This is one of the few times in recent years where Turkish Cypriot authorities have permitted liturgical services at the 14th Century church since the island was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Greek Orthodox Christian worshipers hold aloft the bier depicting Christ's preparation for burial during the Good Friday procession of the Epitaphios at the church of Saint George Exorinos within the ancient walls of Famagusta city, Cyprus, on Friday, April 6, 2018. According to Orthodox tradition, the faithful follow the Epitaphios which rests under a flower-adorned canopy in procession around the church to commemorate Christ's funeral procession. This is one of the few times in recent years where Turkish Cypriot authorities have permitted liturgical services at the 14th Century church since the island was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Simple Share Buttons