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Ukrainian Easter Baskets

Ukrainians traditionally get up early on Easter Sunday and bring big Easter baskets to church to be blessed. Each basket is packed with symbolic foods, candles, andpysanky -- intricately decorated Easter eggs -- and covered with a white linen cloth that signifies Christ's shroud. After church, people carry their baskets home and feast on the contents for breakfast. A typical Ukrainian Easter basket contains an array of symbolic foods, including paska, or pascha, a large, round bread symbolizing the joy of new life; boiled eggs, which symbolize rebirth; and kielbasa, a spicy garlic sausage, which represents generosity.

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