Cu ocazia acestui post vreau sa transmit un Paste fericit tuturor care il serbeaza in aceasta perioada, precum si amicilor mei olandezi.

Obiceiurile lor sunt putin diferite de ale noastre. In prima zi de Pasti, duminica dimineata, copii decoreaza ouale si le pregatesc pentru a fi ascunse de iepuras (de mama cel mai probabil). Duminica familiile olandeze organizeaza un brunch in familie si decoreaza masa cu ouale proaspat vopsite (neascunse de catre iepuras :P), lumanari, flori de primavara si o vaza cu ramuri de salcie, decorate. In acest “copac de Pasti” se atarna oua de ciocolata, fluturi, iepuri si funde. Masa consta dintr-un Paasstol (o paine cu fructe si cu un continut moale de paste de migdale), chifle, unt in forma de miel sau iepure, oua fierte tare, somon afumat si alte mancaruri tipic olandeze ce se servesc la micul dejun. Dupa aceasta masa copii cauta ouale vopsite mai devreme si ascunse in gradini.

A doua zi de Pasti este considerata sarbatoare nationala, iar daca vremea permite olandezii o permit de obicei in aer liber sau in parcuri de distractie sau in magazine. Magazinele au program prelungit, perfect pentru shopaholici :D. Parcuri de distractie cunoscute si foarte populare in perioada Pastelui sunt Efteling ( situat in Kaatsheuvel, aproape de  Tilburg), Walibi Flevoland (situat in Biddinghuizen, aproape de Zwolle ) si  Het Land Van Ooit (situat in Drunen, nord de Tilburg). In unele parti ale Olandei (provinciile Drenthe, Groningen, Friesland, Overijssel, North Brabant si Gelderland) au pastrat un obicei foarte interesant si foarte vechi, ce dateaza din perioada precrestina. Oamenii marcheaza venirea Pastelui cu un foc imens de tabara in prima sau a doua zi de Pasti. 

Inca o data Un Paste Fericit tuturor si sper sa fie totusi mai cald (sau cel putin sa nu mai ninga, ca azi).

With the ocassion of this post I want to wish a Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it now, and also to my dutch buddies.

Their customs are a little bit different than ours. In the first day, on Sunday morning, children use to decorate the eggs and prepare them to be hidden by the Easter Bunny (the Easter Mummy most likely). On Sunday, the dutch families organize a brunch and decorate the tables with fresh decorated eggs, candles, spring flowers and a vase with decorated willow wrenches. In this “Easter tree” they hang chocolate eggs, butterflies, bunnies and bows. The brunch consist of a Paasstol ( a fruited Easter loaf with a center of soft almond paste), bread rolls,butter shaped like a lamb or bunny, hard boiled eggs, smoked salmon, and other more typical Dutch breakfast items.After this brunch the children start looking for the eggs hidden earlier in the gardens.

The second day of Easter is a national holiday, and if the weather allows it the dutch people preffer to spend it outside or in amusement parks or in the stores.The stores have extended hours, perfect for shopaholics :D. The most known amusement parks are Efteling ( situated in Kaatsheuvel, near Tilburg), Walibi Flevoland (situated in Biddinghuizen, near Zwolle ) si Het Land Van Ooit (situated in Drunen, nord of Tilburg).

In some parts of Holland (provinces of Drenthe, Groningen, Friesland, Overijssel, North Brabant and Gelderland), people kept a very interesting and very old custom, which dates back to the pre-Christian period.People mark Easter by lighting a huge bonfire on Easter Sunday or Monday.

Once again Happy Easter everyone and I really hope it will be warmer (or at least not snow, as today).