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spring traditions: easter: Easter (The Resurrection of Christ)

      Easter is celebrated in three successive days. The first one is always a Sunday when everyone goes to the official church service. The candle that is carried throughout the service is should be carried home while it is still burning. Everybody fight with the painted eggs by crash them one against the other. The person whose egg is the strongest will be the healthiest one during the year. On that holiday newly-wedded couples go visit their first witnesses and the parents of the bride. They bring them painted eggs and Easter breads and receive the same things in return.

      The lasses that have taken part in the kumichene go to the house of the lass they have chosen for their kumitsa and bring red eggs. Each lass is nicely dressed with a string, a wreath and a flower and asks forgiveness from the kumitsa. After that the ritual "ljulenki; is performed. After the lunch has finished everyone goes to a place where there are high trees and hang cradles. The lads come as well. Everybody rocks to protect themselves from dragons and diseases.
      During the holidays an Easter horo is played on the square.
      The second day of the Easter holidays is also called "razturni (messed up) Monday" and is connected with the ritual "flourishing of eggs" which is done as a protection from hails and for fertility. The lads and the lasses go to a meadow and roll red eggs to each other.
      The greeting "Christ resurrected" is used for 40 days.
      The week after Easter is called Tomina nedelq (Tomas Sunday).