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Christ’s Resurrection Holiday is for Everyone’s Fun

06.05.2016

The Excursion and Exhibition Centre “People’s House” of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov showed theatrical classes “Easter has Come with a Smell of Wax and Warm Easter Cake” devoted to Easter holidays, a Bright Christ’s Resurrection, the greatest and joyful Christian holidays.

On Easter Sunday the people greeted each other with “Christ is risen!” to be answered with “Truly He is risen!” Easter ended the great fasting period forbidding eating fat, having fun, weddings and songs.

Easter Day was identified with spring coming, and was the happiest day of the year for Cossacks. There were held nationwide festivities. People received guests and paid visits themselves. Cossack women would show their dresses for better wear. Young people enjoyed riding on a swing, danced, played active games, picked tulips in the steppe and went boating along the River Don.

Children played games with painted eggs.

Easter week ended with a Sunday, a “Krasnaya Gorka” holiday, a commemoration day. The people attended the cemetery, brought honey, Easter cake and painted eggs to the tombs of their relatives to commemorate them.

After Easter week Cossacks went to the fields to plough, harrow and sow grains. They returned home only before Whit Sunday.

At the lesson the children learned about the history and traditions of celebrating Easter in the Don country, they played games, guessed riddles and took part in competitions and in all interesting master-classes on making an Easter symbol.

Lyudmila Gnusina