Time to start prepping for our 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗕𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗲𝘁 🐰🐣🌷
𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 is my most FAVOURITE Holy holiday to CELEBRATE — Easter is the most important Christian holiday in Slovenia that holds many different traditions. It is our tradition to prepare a basket of food and bring it to the church to be blessed. In Slovenian we call this ‘Žegen’ — The traditional Slovenian Easter foods that I include in my basket are; decorated eggs, ham, salami, horseradish, bread, cheese, salt, wine, potica & some sweets. Each of these items hold a special symbolic meaning:
Coloured or uncoloured eggs ❥ indicate hope, new life, and Christ rising from his tomb
Ham ❥ symbolizes great joy and abundance in celebration of Christ's resurrection
Sausage or salami ❥ are symbolic of the chains of death that were broken when Jesus rose from the dead, as well as of God's generosity
Horseradish ❥ symbolic of the nails used and the bitter sacrifice of Christ and His tears
Bread ❥ represents the staff of life given by God
Cheese ❥ symbol to remind us of moderation
Potica ❥ A sweet yeasty dough that is reminiscent of the risen Lord
Salt ❥ is present to add zest to life and preserve us from corruption.
Sweets ❥ suggest the promise of eternal life or good things to come
Here are a list of some delicious traditional Slovenian treats that can help prepare you for your Easter blessings basket and dessert table!
Pirhi (Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs): https://youtu.be/46lMIjJhnaU
Potica (Slovenian Walnut Roll): https://youtu.be/85VUPDIlHTs
Krofi (Slovenian Donuts): https://youtu.be/WE2htMkz8Zo
Krhki Flancati (Angel wings): https://youtu.be/uFsgKnrVHws
Kvašeni Flancati (Fried Sweet Dough): https://youtu.be/wyQqonnQdRo
Buhtelnji (Sweet buns filled with jam): https://youtu.be/ZZgR2Iq6clc
Do you celebrate Easter Saturday with a ‘Blessed Basket of Easter Food’? Do you decorate your EGGS a special way using onion skins, beets etc...? Share your traditions in the comment section below....