March 22, 2008
St Ferdinand Church
Polonia Ensemble continues the tradition of blessing food for Easter Sunday.
Swieconka - Blessing of the Easter Baskets is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions. Baskets containing a sampling of Easter food (eggs, breads, salt, ham, sausages, horseradish and more) are brought to the church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen and decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan), the typical Easter evergreen. Observing the beautiful foods and creations of other parishioners is one of the special joys of the event.