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.
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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