Egg, lambs and candles

... somewhere in the Romanian countryside, where lamb chops don't grow in the supermarket and on Easter Night people go to mass and light a candle for their departed loved ones.

Yes, I am the kind of weirdo who brings a tripod to the graveyard. And yes, lambs are cute and fluffy, but I bet you don't really think about that when you're eating them with asparagus or eggplant lasagna.

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In spring, the villagers send their sheep in the mountains, where shepherds take care of them all through the summer; sometimes, they keep the lambs at home

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On Easter, one of the lambs needs to be sacrificed; this is a very old tradition that symbolizes - in eastern orthodox belief - the sacrifice of Jesus for humanity

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In the city, people are buying lamb and mutton from the supermarket; in the villages, where people raise sheep, they perform the sacrifice themselves 

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Easter Day is a time of rest 

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Animals around the house
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Animals around the house
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Animals around the house

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This is the so-called "summer kitchen", a place where, among others, meat is smoked on a log fire; people prepare and eat food here both in summer, when it's cooler than in the regular kitchen, and in winter, when a wood burner turns the place into an oasis on warmth

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Lamb pastrami and painted eggs in the summer kitchen

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The wood burner in the summer kitchen

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On Easter Night, at midnight, people gather outside, in the church courtyard, to receive "the light of Jesus' revival from the dead" - the priest lights a candle from which (and from one another) people will light theirs

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On Easter Night, people light a candle for their departed loved ones 

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The dog barking at the strangers that pass along the road

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Easter meal needs to have: painted eggs, lamb and wine

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After the Easter holiday has passed, it's the beginning of another week of work: feeding the animals, taking care of the house and of the family's land; my grandmother has been doing it on her own for years 

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  1. f frumoase pozele. am ras bine de tot la berea aia noroc :p
    mai esti prin tara sau ai sters/o deja :(

  2. m-am intors acum o saptamana. a fost o vacanta mult mult prea scurta - data viitoare zac pe plaja 3 saptamani.


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