Easter Basket Blessing

Hello Free Spirits!

This is Nicole reporting from my home town of Mississauga! This weekend is very special because it is Easter weekend which means lots of family time and celebrations with food!

Blogger Nicole with her healthy basket

Every year my family participates in a popular polish tradition. In Polish we call it “Swieczenie Jajek” which means blessing of the eggs or as I like to call it “Easter Basket Blessing!” I am not religious and haven’t been for about two years but being the open person I am, I believe that it is great to celebrate and join in on religious traditions with my family and friends. This one is especially my favourite because you are being grateful and celebrating the food you eat!

And there is nothing wrong with being grateful for the food you eat! Spread the gratitude!

Sister's and Easter Baskets @martynkkaa

Sister’s & Easter Baskets @freespiritblog and @martynkkaa

This year things were a little different. In different I mean my Easter basket was healthier and a bit more cruelty free. The typical polish easter basket includes lots of eggs, sausages, ham and bread. Although I understand why people would enjoy these foods. I don’t like supporting animal cruelty and the past few months have been a journey of limiting meat consumption and eating eggs. My logic is that Animals are living beings, which deserve a chance at life and I believe they shouldn’t be consumed.

So with that being said I present to you my “Healthy Easter Basket” compared along side the traditional polish easter basket!

Healthy Easter Basket vs Traditional Polish Easter Basket!

Healthy Easter Basket(left) vs Traditional Polish Easter Basket(right)!

Healthy and Cruelty Free Easter Basket!

Healthy and Cruelty Free Easter Basket!

What is inside my Basket? Basically some of my all time favourite foods!

From left to right: salt, almonds, peppermint tea, coconut oil, Avocado, sweet bread(in shape of a lamb).

From left to right: salt, almonds, peppermint tea, coconut oil, Avocado, sweet bread(in shape of a lamb).

From top to bottom: Sweet bread(in shape of lamb) right- wildflower organic honey my dad bought from a local farmer near Kawartha, Butter and carrot.

From top to bottom: Sweet bread(in shape of lamb) right- wildflower organic honey my dad bought from a local farmer near Kawartha, Butter and carrot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside Traditional Easter Basket: Bread, Eggs, Sausage, Ham Cheese, Parsley Root and Butter. Typically these are all the things we would eat to celebrate Easter lunch and dinner after coming back from the Easter Basket Blessing which takes place at church!

Inside Traditional Easter Basket: Bread, Eggs, Sausage, Ham Cheese, Parsley Root and Butter. Typically these are all the things we would eat to celebrate Easter lunch and dinner after coming back from the Easter Basket Blessing which takes place at church!

Going to Church for the Easter Egg Blessing! 

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@martynkkaa on her way to the Easter basket blessing

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Our Easter Baskets among the polish easter baskets! The one on the bottom left is pretty creative. If you look you can see a bunny shaped Easter cookie!

During the basket blessing there was a great emphasis on the following foods : eggs which signify new birth, sausages and bread-the bread of life.

There were plenty of families present during the “Easter Basket Blessing” and lots of children, who were very excited to be there. One of the kids around me, turned around and excitedly asked his mom “mom is this a party?” With the amount of people there and the happy chatter and abundant food it definitely feels like a party!

One of the Priests blessing the eggs with holy water after the Easter prayers!

One of the Priests blessing the eggs with holy water after the Easter prayers!

That is how our family celebrates our Easter Saturday! Let me know how you celebrate Easter with your family in the comments below! Also let me know what you think about my healthy alternative to the Easter Basket!

Have a lovely day my free spirits <3

Love, Nicole

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