Celebrating Easter is relatively new concept in Albania. During the period of communism, we were prohibited to attend or even celebrate Easter or Christmas. All churches and mosques were destroyed during that period. So, with the fall of the communism we rebuilt them and people nowadays are free to celebrate whatever they feel.
Although my mother and father grew up in an atheist society, I do remember my grandmother (Greek orthodox) would go to her room and I could catch her praying. At that time I never understood what that meant because we were totally prohibited to talk about God, Church or Mosques. All we could talk was about Communist Party as our first mother and our real mother was our second mother. So basically I had two mothers (I will need to talk about it another time because it deserves a blog itself). So the bottom line, talking about God and praying were foreign concepts for us and were not allowed to talk about.
I also remember that my mother and my grandmother during Easter would paint the eggs (also hidden). I do not know where they got the paint from but those eggs would come perfectly painted and the red color was so vivid. As a kid we had a tradition I loved. My brother and I would play a game, each of us would hold a red egg and we would tap the end of each other’s egg. The goal is to crack the opponent's egg without cracking yours. When one end is cracked, the winner uses the same end of her/his egg to try to crack the other end of the opponent's egg.
Part of our Friday project is to make these two beautiful eggs, to welcome Spring and Easter with lovely and sweet smelling floral fragrance of honeysuckle and jasmine and also to remember my Family. But at the same time, I want to hear from you, how you celebrate Easter? Do you know any other person that celebrates different than you?