05 Apr 2016
As we all know, Good Friday is remembered by Christians all across the globe as the day Jesus Christ was crucified. However, several Orthodox Christian churches of Australia generally observe this event at a later date than the actual one followed by churches in the West. This is because most of them unusually retained the Julian calendar even after the Gregorian was introduced in the year 1582 in Europe. Thus, Easter holidays for many Australians fall on entirely different days compared to Western Churches.
The date on which Orthodox Christians observe Good Friday is not actually in the list of federal public holidays in Australia. But that does not stop the parking conditions near churches in busy civic hubs from getting affected, particularly due to organisation of late afternoon or evening liturgies. People often collect spring flowers for the bier at church. At some places, the evening is brought to an end with a candlelit procession through the streets.
This year, the Orthodox Good Friday is going to be observed on the 29th day of April. If you are looking forward to partake in the celebrations leading to Easter, you might want to focus on things you can have besides the bunnies and eggs. There are plenty of exotic ideas you can explore in order to make the regular inclusions even more interesting.
Prepare Resurrection cookies for distributing among everyone on the morning of Easter. Each step of the recipe represents a portion of the story. Even the cookies are baked to be hollow so they can serve as representation of the empty tomb of Jesus Christ found on the Easter morning. You would easily be able to get the recipe for Resurrection cookies online. If you want, you can even have cupcakes topped with flaked coconut for representing wool.
Next comes the traditional Kulich cake, which are actually baked by families in Orthodox Christian nations. Take a note if you were not aware of that already. Kulich cakes are generally baked within tall tins, after which they may embellished with white icing, colourful flowers and sprinkles. You can either prepare them on your own or have a cake maker like me get the job done for you. If you are getting it done all by your own, just keep in mind the time-honoured cake making tips from Deborah Feltham.
Last but not the least, you can have the usual Easter eggs, dyed red for symbolising the blood of Jesus Christ apart from being embellished beautifully. For decorating the family table, you can put spring florals in beautiful bowls and place them on it.
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