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Easter Recipes and Traditions Of Different Countries

Updated on December 8, 2014
A photograph of a typical "wiconka" basket of Polish Holy Saturday tradition (public domain photos, this page)
A photograph of a typical "wiconka" basket of Polish Holy Saturday tradition (public domain photos, this page)

Food Traditions Around the World

Ever since enjoying my first anthropology course, I’ve collected many recipes from foreign lands and studied the traditions of each of them. There is so much more to learn everyday as the political boundaries of the Eastern Hemisphere and change and migrations caused by climate change and political changes blur and hybridize cultures and cuisines. It is thrilling and ever evolving.

Food Anthropology Is New For the 2000s

Food Historians and Cultural Anthologists can join their findings with those of Linguists and other Language Specialists and with genetic researchers to trace cultures and DNA markers around the globe. While many rightly feel that searching for “new life forms and new civilizations” beyond the horizons of Earth’s atmosphere is exciting, the search for human development back through the ages and forward through the eons to come is just as exciting - just as exciting as plunging into the depths of the sea to find new-but-old life forms and civilizations waiting for us there.

Searching this out has revealed exciting links around the world of peoples. The Sami and other Northern European and Euro-Asian Peoples envision a reindeer pulling the sun up in the east each morning, but the reindeer changes into a dragon a littler further east in Eastern Siberia, China, and Korea. The Iroquois Confederacy in which at least one of its nations shares the same word as Zulu Nation for “cousin” (discovered in the 1990s). The Ukrainian Easter Egg is found in different forms throughout Eastern Europe and to the north in Russia (mich like iterations in fractal geometry). The people of Hungary are related to those in Finland by DNA, language, and cuisine. The Welsh Cakes fried in a cast iron skillet become Rock Cookies baked on a pan in Scotland – same ingredients. The arts of the Native American and First Nations of the Pacific Northwest resemble that of Northern Asia and Far Northern Europe, from which they originated, all interesting and vital Sub-Polar Peoples. The Basque of Spain-France seem unrelated to anyone else as yet and assert themselves from time to time in a bid to become recognized as a sovereign state. Mystery enshrouds an unnamed New Zealand tribe that was reported in 2005 during the National Geographic/Smithsonian human tracking project to be unrelated to anybody else.

Anthropologists, looking at arts, cultures, DNA, languages, religions, cuisines, and other aspects, assert that some Indigenous Peoples from New Zealand and adjacent nations built and sailed seagoing craft that landing in PacificIslands and parts of Southern California/Baja Peninsula and some eastern ranges of Mexico and South America. Other professionals have proven to their satisfaction that no such passage across the Ocean occurred. At the same time, certain shared genetic markers in Native Peoples and New Zealand groups exist. Regardless of any of this evidence, the cuisines of the oldest peoples in these SW USA, Mexican, and South American areas are some of the best in the world and their cultures some of the most interesting. As climate change continues to manifest itself, 21st Century people are moving to other countries, when possible, immigrations laws tightening up to impose yearly quotas as a result.

The search for human development, origins, and future finds at least four iterations of venue: deep into the seas, across Earth’s surface, deep into outer space, and deep into the cyber world. Each is a world not unlike the structure of an atom.

In the microcosm, we can enjoy some holiday recipes while we think a little about holiday traditions surrounding Easter/Oester, Resurrection Day, or any of combination that to might like to observe.

An Alert

The National Geographic Genographic Globe Map shows minimum data on 1) Islands of the Pacific Ocean, 2) Madagascar (none), and 3) New Zealand; except a report that Samoans sailed east to Mequesas Islands, back southwest to Tahiti, back southwest to New Zealand, which matches foundation stories about Tahiti for the Maori. There are no tracings across the Pacific Ocean, as in other studies. The backtracking notion mirrors the theory that the Chinese settled Okinawa, went to Japan, back to Okinawa, then back to China with Okinawan martial arts, which were really Chinese. Migration is complex! See Human Migration.

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Passover Recipes

Passover opccurs very near the Holy Week of the Christian Resurrection celebration and other Easter Festivities. Aside from the tradional Passover Seder, which is full of symbolism to Jewish observers and Christian celebrants that have learned of the symbolism, the traditional meal afterwards is a time of good food and fellowship as well as fun and games.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Oh, I hope you like some of them, rmr! Some are pretty tasty and easy to make as well. I'm working my way around the world. :)

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      10 years ago from Livonia, MI

      I can see I've got my work cut out, trying out these recipes! Yet another good one, Patty!


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