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Easter in Russia

During Easter in Russia, holiday foods exude symbolism. Orthodox Russian women make cakes with elaborately decorated rounded tops to represent the domes of Orthodox churches. These cakes might be given to priests or eaten at home on Easter.

The soup of the day contains chickpeas to symbolize fertility, eggs to represent rebirth and green leaves to hearken spring.

To symbolize Jesus' tomb, soft cheese with butter, fruits and nuts get formed into a pyramid with the top cut off. This cake is known as pashka, which is the Russian word for Easter [source: BBC].

The red-dyed hard-boiled eggs you see all over Russia during Christmas represent Christ's resurrection. The red coloring comes not from chemical dyes, but from boiling beets or red onions peels, both of which abound in Russia. Often, families carry the eggs to church for consecration.

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