Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Day

Easter Day or Easter Sunday is one of the most important festival for the Christian community. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion on Black Friday or otherwise known as Good Friday.

Since the majority of Austrian are Catholics, the main town centres were spruced up with open-air Easter markets and theme-parks while many of the households were decorated with Easter ornaments - primarily with Easter eggs, Easter hens and Easter bunnies.
Even the pots of flowers or plants on sale in the florists were dotted with Easter decorations of one sort or another.
One of the most traditional practice during Easter would be to cook the eggs followed by the colouring of these hardboiled eggs. These eggs would then be distributed to relatives or even given away to customers in the shops or supermarkets.

For the first time, I was introduced to the Easter bread. It was essentially white bread with a slight tinge of sweetness and herb flavouring (which is optional) in it.

And not forgetting the all-important cake and coffee culture in Austria, or rather in my family. We had an Easter cake on Easter Saturday afternoon where it's the usual chocolate cake but on this very special occasion, it was decorated with green-coloured marzipan nests each with three colourful mini candy eggs on it. Cute!
The other highlight for me would certainly have to be all the Easter chocolates I received. They are all so nicely wrapped that it would be such a pity to open up the wrappings. So while I am still getting my daily chocolate fix from my other sources, the Easter chocolates are meanwhile safe in their pretty wrappings. :)

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