Photographer's Note


* instance captured last night at the Easter Resurrection Mass

** please check WS for moments of the holly mass (held on an improvised stage in front of a recently built church), the new bishop was present, among other priests

*** i used ISO=1600, therefor some noise but ... i honestly don't like NeatImage and truly believe that noise ... is a part of life


Easter is the most important event in the Orthodox Christian calendar. Traditionally, celebrations in Romania begin on Saturday evening. Dressed in all their finest clothes and holding candles, people gather round the churches. At the Easter Resurrection Mass (Slujba de Inviere) just before midnight, the priest comes out to give a blessing, distribute holy bread and provide the flame from which everyone will light their candles. Suddenly the darkness is lit up and thousands of candles are taken to the streets.

Everyone tries to keep the flame alive until they arrive home. There, around the table, the family comes together for a special Easter meal. Roast lamb and home-made cozonac (sponge cake with nuts and poppy seeds) are the traditional dishes.

In the countryside, the Easter Resurrection Mass lasts until early morning. The custom among country folk is to take their painted eggs, cozonaci and specially prepared dishes into the church on Saturday night so they can be blessed by the priest.
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