How Georgia celebrates Easter
25 April, 2019
How Georgia celebrates Easter
Easter is the most significant day for the Christian world. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to a 2014 census, 83.4% of the Georgian population identified themselves as Eastern Orthodox Christian, 0.5% Catholic. This year Catholics celebrate the religious day on the 21st compared to the 28th of April for Orthodox Christians. Georgians have been preserving peculiar traditions around Easter.
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First of all, Georgian households dye Easter eggs red on Red Friday. The red-shelled eggs represent the blood of
Christ. Secondly, people bake or buy a special Easter cake Paska. Paska symbolizes Golgotha, the site where Jesus was crucified.

On Saturday night, the day before Easter Sunday, the most devoted Orthodox Christians go to church and attend an overnight special service conducted in almost every church across the country.

The day after Easter Georgians bring food and wine to cemeteries and feast near the graves of their loved ones. They perform egg-tapping and egg-rolling traditions to tell their ancestors that Jesus has risen. The cracking of eggs symbolizes his resurrection from the dead. Georgians usually light a candle at the gravestone and roll the red eggs across the grave.
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The feast continues at home where a special table is set with delicious traditional Georgian dishes.

As Easter arrives, Georgians exchange sacred words:

“Christ has risen!” – “Kriste aghdga!”

The reply should be:

“He is risen indeed!” – “Cheshmaritad aghdga!”

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