This year we have a whole new experience of celebrating the greatest Christian holiday of Easter.
The Great Week strated on the Palm Sunday when the priest bless the olive and rosemary branches is flowing with measures and restrictions due to the coronavirus epidemic and with empty churches. Believers increasingly engage holy masses through technology and thus protect themselves and others. Given the situation we are in, we need patience more than ever. Although all this holiday season will be different and we may not be with our loved ones, Easter will certainly not lose its charm.
Let's recall religious rituals that unfortunately will not be possible this year.
On the Holy Friday is a post and only special meals with fish are eaten, whereby the species of fish varies from region to region. On the Holy Saturday, preparations begin, eggs are painted with different colors and symbols the day before Easter, baking traditional cakes or braids decorated with eggs is a tradition. Basket full of Easter delights is carried to the church to be blessed at midnight mass. Believers all over the world celebrate Easter with church prayer and enjoyment in a day filled with family gatherings and blessed food. On a Easter day, the celebration of resurrection finally begins. Cooked ham, onios, radishes and eggs which symbolize the birth of life or Jesus's resurrection.
On Easter Sundays and throughout the Easter season, one of the main attractions is the deliciously decorated Croatian easter eggs known as "pisanice".In the past, young men often gave eastern eggs to young girls, but today they are usually exchanged between friends and family. The Croatian eastern eggs are taping each other to see which egg is stronger, and many of eastern eggs in a supernatural size can be seen on the streets and squares of the cities or at Eastern eggs exhibitions.
Cities throughout Croatia decorate their squares and streets with Easter decorations; an easter rabbit, his lodge, colorful eggs, nets with colorful eggs, chickens, paths, bridges and other interesting things.