Orthodox Easter this year falls a week later than the other Easter and thanks to my husband’s Macedonian heritage, it’s an occasion that we celebrate too. O is very excited about the concept of ‘double Easter’ and is already well-versed in the Orthodox egg-cracking tradition thanks to previous celebrations with her Baba.
For those of you not so familiar with this tradition, on Easter morning, everyone carefully selects a red hard-boiled egg – first rubbing it on their cheeks for a rosy-glow to denote good-health – then challenging each other to a cracking contest. Holding your chosen egg in hand, you clack it against your opponent’s egg, with the person whose egg doesn’t crack winning that round – the winner then challenges another person and so on and so forth, until the last one standing with an un-cracked egg is declared the winner (what exactly they win, I’m still not sure of…? Two dozen cracked, hard-boiled eggs?).
Though we can’t celebrate in person with Baba this year, she has sent us two dozen red hard boiled eggs for our egg-cracking competition and in return, we have sent down one of these kozinjak wreaths for her.