Food & Drink

April 17, 2014

What is Easter Bread?

Food symbolism is most prevalent at Easter, a joyous celebration for Christians when Jesus rose from the dead; a celebration of renewal and rebirth. Family traditions passed down from generation to generation attributes various Easter food meanings as belief and faith; eggs are representative of rebirth, ham signifies luck, lamb equates to sacrifice, and cake/bread brings us fertility.

Pasca Rasucita - Romanian Easter Twisted Bread by

Pasca Rasucita – Romanian Easter Twisted Bread. credit:

As I was putting my Pinterest Easter board together I discovered that within many European cultures, they all have their version of Easter Bread. Easter Bread defined is bread that is served on Easter that breaks the Lenten fast. This originates back to a time when ingredients such as sugar, butter, eggs and spices where a luxury and hard to come by.

As in every culture there are different ways of doing one thing, and Easter bread is no exception. Some breads are baked with whole eggs in them, because some nationalities adhere to the tradition of forbidding eggs until the close of Lent. Others who color the eggs are paying homage through symbolism of Christ’s blood that was shed, and a less religious view is the awakening of new life and spring time. Easter breads are traditionally sweet, as they break the fast.

No matter what you call it, how it looks or tastes it is a beautiful time-honored tradition of respect and acknowledgement.

Polish Easter bread is Babka, In German, Osterbrot is Easter bread. Kulich is Russian Easter Bread. Kozunak is Bulgarian Easter bread. Pasca Rasucita is Romanian Easter bread. Paska is Slovak Easter Bread. Portuguese Easter Bread is Folar de Pascoa. Pinca or Sirnica is Croatian Easter Bread, Choereg is Armenian Easter Bread, and very simply, there is Italian Easter Bread, Greek Easter Bread, and Ukrainian Easter Bread.

Check out our Easter Pinterest Board, for the recipes of these Easter breads and inspiration for Easter your table, decor and menu.

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