A couple of days left until Easter. Are you looking forward to a long 4-day weekend ahead? If you are planning to celebrate, take a look at some of the exciting Easter-related articles we collected for our readers.
Etiquette Discoveries Issue #4
1. Great Easter Party Etiquette tips by Diane Gottsman. Find out what to do if you want the party to be adults only, how to handle the menu and how to entertain your guests. If someone invited you to attend Easter party learn what to wear, when to arrive and what to bring as a gift.
In case you are hosting a family gathering on Easter and one of your relatives is married or dating a person who doesn’t celebrate Easter, you should still invite them. Send a handwritten note or extend the invitation over the phone. When inviting the person you might want to acknowledge that this is not a holiday he or she celebrates, still, because the gathering is not only a religious event but also a family one, you would be very happy if he or she would feel comfortable joining in.
2. There are so many wonderful blogs that offer great Easter decoration ideas, you could spend weeks just browsing between them! These are few articles we thought are the most inspiring:
3. It wouldn’t be a real celebration without traditional Easter menu. If you live in the UK or Ireland don’t forget to get ingredients for Simnel Cake at the grocery store tonight.
Back in 16th century Simnel Cake was something the girls who were away from home were baking for their mothers on Mothering Sunday. The roots of Simnel Cake name lie in Latin ‘simila’ word which means “fine, white flour”. Later on the tradition shifted and the cake became part of Easter celebration. The essential fruits and flowers on top of the cake were replaced with 11 marzipan balls that symbolizes apostles (all but Judas for obvious reasons) who were attending the Last Supper.
If you’d like to know more about Simnel Cake origins you should definitely read the full story by Tim Sandles at Legendary Dartmoor.
In case you never cooked Simnel Cake, here is a very promising recipe by Mary Berry: Easter Simnel Cake
Another classic Easter cake is Kulich (origins: Greek κόλλιξ – kollix, meaning a roll or loaf of bread). It’s cooked mainly for Orthodox Easter and eaten in Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Belarus. Traditionally Orthodox Christians put the cake into a special basket, decorated with colourful flowers, and take it to church. After the Easter service is finished priest blesses Kulich. The blessed cake then should be eaten every day before breakfast.
If you’d like to try cooking Kulich, take a look at this Russian Kulich Bread recipe.
Whatever your plans are for the next several days, we wish you to enjoy the long weekend and have a great time!
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