There is so much preparation that goes into Easter in Moldova. Weeks before the actual day Moldovans do their version of spring cleaning, which doesn’t seem to mean getting rid of stuff (like we do in the states), but more of a really thorough house cleaning. Most of the gates, curbs (the few that exist in our village), houses, and tree trunks are painted. The streets are cleaned, and the students take a few days to thoroughly (well kind of) clean the publicly-owned land throughout the village (Hai Moldova… post to come). And this is all in addition to the crazy amounts of food, especially meat, in need of preparation for the big Easter day feast. Members of the Orthodox church observe post or a fasting of sorts for the seven weeks leading up to Easter where they basically maintain a vegan diet. So Easter isn’t just a celebration of Christ’s resurrection around here, it’s also a celebration of meat and dairy products.

For Easter Moldovans dye eggs red for the kids who come around the village on Easter morning. I’m not really sure what the symbolism of the red egg is, and I don’t think my host family knows either, so we did some red and some other colors. They had never dyed eggs a color other than red, so I showed them how we do it in the states. We used wax from a candle to draw on the eggs, and then dipped them in egg dye that I had bought in the city. Andrușica was so excited about dying the eggs. It was fun to share something new with them.