The blessing of the Easter basket known as, swiecenie pokarmow wielkanocnych is a tradition that my family has participated in since I was a child.
My basket is lined with a white lace cloth awaiting the items that will be placed inside on Saturday morning that will be blessed for our Easter meal.
The white cloth that lines the basket symbolizes the shroud of Christ, and inside the basket I will place the baranek or lamb butter and a sugar lamb that symbolizes the Paschal lamb, Jesus.
Hard boiled eggs symbolize new life or Christ rising from his tomb.
When my Aunt Stella was still alive she would color the eggs for the basket using onion skins, I carry on this tradition, but I also add an egg that is colored by one of my children.
Links of Polish sausage are symbols of the resurrected Christ, horseradish represents accepting the bitter with the sweet in life. Salt is to add zest to life and keep us from evil, and sweets are the promise of eternal life.
At our Easter meal, each family member will eat this blessed food. Blessing of the Easter basket is a Polish tradition that I still hold dear to my heart.
As a child, I remember carrying the Easter blessing basket to church on Holy Saturday for the blessing of our food. I am so thankful that my church continues with the tradition of the blessing of the Easter basket.
Do you have any Easter traditions? If you do, I would love to hear about them.