Pasca is the traditional bread that should not miss from the Easter table in Moldova. It is baked once a year and namely on Saturday of Holy week. This tradition I have inherited from the mother and certainly from my grandmother.
Pasca has a round shape and is baked from simple bread dough: flour, 2 eggs, sourdough, water and salt.
Initially, we take a piece of dough that is rolled it in a cycle and then placed on a cake pan. The remaining dough is shaped in thing ropes and is placed like a wreath on the cycle. This wreath symbolizes the Jesus’ crown of thorns.
In the middle we put a filling of cheese with eggs. After that, we arrange two cross-shaped strips above the cheese, which symbolizes the cross on which Christ was crucified. Before being placed in the oven, Pasca is greased with egg and baked in the oven.
In the evening of the Lord’s resurrection, we go every year in the church and after the priest consecrate the bread, we share it with the poor people. Being splashed with wine, bread becomes ritually the representation of the Savior sacrifice.
According to tradition, Sunday morning we’re get up very early, put on the clothes specially bought for Easter, wash out face with cold water from a plate in which my mother place two eggs – with and red and some coins. There is the belief that washing the face with water- we purify our body. With these two eggs we wash our face and cheeks, signifying health and purity. The most little child has the priority to take the coins that signify the luck and wealth.
At the Easter table, we eat first of all a piece of holy Pasca and after that other traditional dishes like: lamb, painted eggs, sarmale. “Christ is Risen” and “Truly, He is Risen” are the most said and heard words during Easter day. It’s the greeting and the prayer before meal time.