• Easter in Sadova

The natural atmosphere is one of the key elements of the Easter celebration in Sadova. The mountain scenery, surrounded by nature's greenery and illuminated by the pale rays of the sun, provides the mood for this great Christian holiday.

In terms of preparations for Easter, they start with a return to roots and tradition. The parental home is a favourite place for Sadovans, with the family as a central element. Of course, food and customs also play an important role in preparing for the celebration of the Resurrection. We have chosen to introduce you to this story, which has been preserved in Sadova since its ancestors, by presenting some key elements of this celebration:

  • Traditional cheesecake

The symbol of Easter in Sadova, being the most important sweet product of this holiday, prepared on Holy Thursday or Holy Saturday. The special appearance of the pascha is given by the braiding around the edges and the braided cross in the middle with which it is decorated. The main ingredients that give this dish an unmistakable taste are cottage cheese sweetened with sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Alongside the pastry, several sweets are baked, including cozonaci, pies or babe. However, it is only pasca that has pride of place in the basket of goodies that the Sadovans consecrate in church on Easter morning.

  • Painting the eggs

Keeping with the legend that the eggs brought by the Virgin Mary were reddened by the blood of Christ, the Paduans paint the eggs red on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or Easter Saturday. Even if tradition only mentions red eggs, housewives usually give other colours to eggs such as green, blue or yellow. Importantly, the Sadovans still attach great importance to reddish eggs and keep them as one of the symbols of tradition
of Easter

  • Eggs decoration

It is a practice handed down from the ancestors and brought to the level of art. This old custom is very common and famous in the Bucovina area, including Sadova. The village is still home to women who do this craft and ensure that it is passed on to the next generations. As far as the practice of carving is concerned, there are a few simple details. Eggs are boiled while they are still warm with a brush and a pen. The patterns found on them represent traditional motifs of different types and colours that have influences from many cultures.

  • Resurrection service and "taking the light"

The Resurrection service is the key moment of this celebration. It is the evening when the people of Padua go to Church to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. This moment is very important for the people of Sadova, as all the traditions of this ritual are preserved and a communion with the divinity is created. At midnight the priest utters the well-known phrase "Come and take the light!". At this call, the faithful light their candles, whose flame represents in fact the enlightenment of the villagers and the space in which they live. The service ends in the morning with the consecration of the Easter basket prepared according to an old tradition.

Pastele in Sadova Bucovina
  • First day of Easter 

The first day of Easter begins with rituals and customs preserved from ancient times. Arriving home from church, all family members wash in a bowl of uncooked water containing a red egg, a sign of health, and a silver coin, a sign of wealth and purity. Before feasting on the chosen, lovingly cooked dishes, both young and old take from the Easter amphora. The Easter custom is also the one of egg-pecking and the children's search for red eggs, customs that are still preserved today in Sadova. 

Un alt obicei al primei zile de Paşti este participarea la vecernie. În jurul orei 16:00, sadovenii îmbracă portul popular şi păşesc din nou în lăcaşul de cult. 

  • Youth Day (Second day of Easter)

The folk costume is also worn with great pride on the second day of Easter, in the same sober and mystical setting offered by the Church. The difference, however, is made by the actors who take part in the service on the second day of Easter, namely the young people of the village. The future and bearers of Sadovan traditions to the next generations to be born here.

If you want to spend a truly authentic Easter that fills you with good cheer, spirituality and contentment, Sadova is the perfect place. Here the tradition is still alive, and the villagers respect it and pass it on with pride. The Sadovans treat the Easter holidays with the same seriousness and piety as their ancestors did.

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