Traditional święconka

Traditional święconka

Before the Resurrection Day comes, traditionally, in Polish Catholic homes, St.. Also on the day preceding the greatest holiday for Christians, every family goes to church to bless the foods, to be eaten at Easter breakfast at the communal table. These dishes are not only of flavor, but also the spiritual dimension given to them thanks to the symbolism of each element of the Easter basket. The custom of blessing dishes on Holy Saturday is widespread almost all over Poland.

Easter święconka can be varied, but it certainly cannot lack such elements as a lamb (from the dough, icing or chocolate), eggs, bread, butter, meat and cold cuts, salt, vinegar, horseradish. All foods have hidden meanings. Easter eggs are usually prepared colored, painted or dyed written - apart from the ludic values, they have a much more significant spiritual meaning - they symbolize a new life, which is to be renewed after the Resurrection. The lamb itself has been treated since the beginning of Christianity as a symbol of Jesus Christ himself, who was innocently condemned to death on the cross, but after three days he conquered her by rising again. Bread also has a similar meaning, which can be seen as "daily bread", but also to symbolize the Passover or the Lord's bread or the Eucharist. salt, We take horseradish and vinegar to the church, to protect us from corruption, i.e.. that we may not succumb to the temptations of sin. The cured meats are a symbol of abundance or replace the "living lamb", which is sacrificed. All these elements are placed in a wicker basket and intricately decorated.

Easter święconka should be carefully decorated, elegant but fun at the same time, after all, the Resurrection is a joyful holiday. That's why it caught on, that we put various kinds of decorations into the basket, such as plush chickens, bunnies, colorful easter eggs, ribbons, napkins (preferably white, but they can be in colorful Easter themes) and we decorate with branches of boxwood or myrtle, daffodils, forsythia. We usually send children with the basket, because they are the ones who enjoy the colorful Easter holidays the most.