The Easter Lamb bearing a Resurrection Banner - like marshmallow Peeps, the butter lamb is an Easter icon of Polish Tradition.
Isn't he cute?
Swieconka - Blessing of the Easter Food
The blessing of the Easter food is an old lovely tradition that I was raised with. It is common for most Eastern European Catholics. On Holy Saturday, we would set the dining room table with all our food to be blessed. Father Joe - from St. Hedwig's Parish would make a visit to the house to bless our food. None of the churches do this anymore.
These are the most important part of the Easter table and their meanings:
Baranek - A lamb, representing Christ Resurrected. A typical Polish Easter symbol.
Pepper and Horseradish - These symbolize the bitter herbs of the Passover and Exodus.
Bread - A symbol of Christ, "The Bread of life".
Salt - "You are the salt of the Earth".
Vinegar - Symbolizes the gall given to Christ at the Crucifixtion.
Wine - Symbolizes the blood of sacrifice spilt by Christ at the Crucifixtion.
In the old days, all types of pork were forbidden until the coming of Christ.
Father Joe won't be coming to bless the food anymore, but he has blessed us with many special Easter memories.
Pysanky - Ukrainian Easter Egg art
I tried this once but it's very involved - but beautiful!Make your own Easter Butter Lamb
Polish Art Center - Plastic Butter Lamb Mold
How to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs
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