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:
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.
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:
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:
We headed back to the city to continue celebrate with the rest of the family:
I don’t think I can eat another bite for another 2 days 😛