Swieconka, the Polish tradition of blessing the Easter food, has always been a big part of Easter in my family. My mother would pack up a bit of the traditional Easter foods into our “holy basket” using beautiful linens embroidered by my grandmother.
We would then take the basket to the church hall on Holy Saturday where everyone would stand around and gossip until the priest turned up to bless the food and sprinkle the baskets with holy water.
Easter morning after church we would then come home to a big breakfast of holy food.
Our Polish church closed about 5 years ago, but thankfully the new church kind of embraced the tradition and a lot of people who never even heard of it started to get baskets blessed. So I still take the basket on Holy Saturday so we can celebrate the ressurection with pork products
A lot of the foods are traditional and others are Stuff We Have To Have Or Else Someone Will Be Pissed Off:
Ham and kielbasa (fresh and smoked)
Paska bread, nut and poppyseed roll
Horseradish, salt & pepper
Farmer cheese (white cheese similar to cottage cheese but dryer)
Cirek (cheese made from eggs which I think is disgusting but the rest of my family lurves it)
Dyed Easter eggs
Butter shaped like a lamb. It is traditional in our household to take the first scoop from the rear end, and also for someone to go “BAAAAAA!” as it’s cut.
Some people also put in wine, candy, or fresh fruit, although we never did.
Anyone else here do this? If so, what’s in your basket?