In Russian 'paskha' actually means 'Easter' but also refers to this traditional dessert. The dish is made of cream cheese and cottage cheese and speckled with dried fruit. The dish is then molded into a pyramid shape and often stamped with the letters "XB" which stand for "Christ has risen" in Cyrillic script.
These hot cross buns are traditionally eaten in Australia and the UK. The tradition was started by the Anglo-Saxons, who crossed the buns to honor the four quarters of the moon. The buns are meant to be shared- meaning you'll cement your friendship.
Instead of baking cakes to celebrate Easter, breweries in Norway began making a special blend of beer to celebrate. The beer met a lot of opposition from Christian groups but it has still managed to become a tradition today.
In Greece, eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ; in Germany, eggs are dyed green and exchanged on Holy Thursday.
This Brazilian Easter treat is made of crushed peanuts, sugar and cassava flour. It apparently tastes similar to the inside of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Served in Italy, this dish is made of natural yeast, butter, flour, sugar and eggs. The cake is always made into the shape of a dove which represents peace or Christ.
In Scandinavia herring is enjoyed several different ways: pickled, raw or cured. The fish is traditionally served on a bun or alongside rye bread, potatoes and sour cream.
Russia celebrates Easter with kulich, an egg bread baked up tall and narrow and dotted with bits of orange, almonds, raisins and saffron.
Pinza is a sweet bread found in Austria, Germany and Slovenia. It is often cut into three sections to represent the Holy Trinity.
Fanesca is a soup served in the week leading up to Easter in Ecuador, it's made with 12 different beans and grains to represent the 12 disciples.
In South Africa they usually eat this pickled fish alongside their sweet hot cross buns.
This fruit cake, enriched with marzipan, is a copy of the cakes made in the 17th century to celebrate the end of lent. The cake is decorated with eleven marzipan balls to symbol the twelve apostles (minus the betrayer Judas).
Many Mexican and Mexican American families view this dish as a reminder of the suffering of Christ on the cross. The bread is the body of Christ, the syrup is his blood, the cloves are the nails on his eyes, the cinnamon sticks symbolise the wooden cross and the melted cheese stands for the Holy Shroud.
In North America lamb was often eaten at Easter time since lamb makes reference to Christ as the Lamb of God. Though lamb was not easily available to people without a lot of money and they began to use cured pork, typically as ham, instead.
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