The Lent Is Over!

5 May

Today is the Orthodox Easter. My daughter always wanted to see how Easter is celebrated in Ukraine. I have 2 elderly aunts (85 & 83 years old) who live in villages outside of Chernivtsi so last night we left the city to spend Easter with them.
Our driver asked if we would like to get some tulips for the family. I thought he had a family member somewhere close by who grows flowers in their yard. We got out of the car, crossed the street and saw the most beautiful field filled with colorful tulips:

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Who knew that Ukraine has tulip fields too?
We stayed with one of my cousins whom I haven’t seen in 15 years! We talked, and talked, and talked…and before we knew it was 1am. After 2 hours of sleep we went to church to bless the Easter basket filled with homemade sausage (ковбаса), smoked pork loin, cheese, eggs, Easter breads (колач і паска), green onions, and garlic.

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The service was beautiful, we especially liked the bells (дзвони) at the end of the mass.
We came home, ate some of the blessed foods and slept a bit before the Easter lunch with the family:

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All this food you see is homemade, locally grown and super fresh. The smell and flavors are undescribable! And the homemade cakes and pastries are out of this world:

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We headed back to the city to continue celebrate with the rest of the family:

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I don’t think I can eat another bite for another 2 days 😛

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13 Responses to “The Lent Is Over!”

  1. Mimi May 6, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    Beautiful post! Beautiful food!

  2. Janey May 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    That food looks so good. You’re not lying, those homemade cakes are unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. They are so good.

  3. Boomdeeadda May 13, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    Glad you are having such a good time, it’s just awesome to share time with family over good food. Loved you in the tulips too, so pretty.

  4. wiolakk June 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Looking at your Ukrainian table I am getting hungry and missing Poland. It is somehow so true 🙂

    • The Kat and The Falling Leaves June 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      I visit Ukraine every 4 years or so and that’s why I miss our hard-core Ukrainian food. Pictures like this always make my mouth water lol

      • wiolakk June 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

        Every 4 years?! Wow, that’s hard. I am once-twice a year in Poland and hope to be more often 🙂

      • The Kat and The Falling Leaves June 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

        You are lucky! It’s quite a challenge for me to travel to Ukraine more often as I only get 2 weeks vacation each year.

      • wiolakk June 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

        Oh, that is not much. So I feel lucky.

  5. Trèsors De Luxe July 19, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Bring on the feast! 😀 http://www.tresorsdeluxe.wordpress.com

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