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Easter is a major religious feast for the Christians, who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is celebrated at the end of Lent, a period of forty days which Christians spend in prayers, penitence, alms-giving and abstinence . Lent starts on Wednesday which is called as Ash Wednesday and commemorates with the celebration of death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The last week of Lent is called as Holy Week, which starts with "Palm Sunday" remembering of glorious entry of Jesus to the city of Jerusalem, continues with the "Last Supper" on "Maundy Thursday" and  crucifixion of Jesus on "Good Friday".  Two days later Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday called as Easter.

Historically the death and resurrection of Jesus is interpreted to be between AD 26 and AD 36. Easter does not come on a fixed  date, but varies between April 4th and May 8. Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover, the celebration of great meal that led to he freedom of Jews from the Egyptian Pharaohs.

Various practices and elements such as Hot Cross Buns, Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunting have become part of Good Friday and Easter celebration in the modern times. During olden days, in European countries the consumption of eggs was banned and allowed from Easter Sunday. They were brought to the table decorated in bright colours. There are various practices of decorating the eggs mainly symbolizing the life,  fertility and welcome of spring.
 

Easter Eggs from the famous Thoms Bakery in Bangalore


Hot Cross Bun is a sweet spiced bun made with currants or raisins and leavened with yeast, having a cross mark on the top. Hot Cross buns have long been a associated with Good Friday. You can see them in  bakeries and supermarkets during the Easter season. They were sold in England in the streets,  where the vendors advertised with cries of "Hot Cross Buns! "Hot Cross Buns!". Our immediate memories of Hot Cross Buns is related to the popular nursery rhyme which goes as follows:

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

Home made Hot Cross Bun


Here are few recipes for Good Friday and Easter containing mainly the cuisines of Mangalorean Catholics.

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