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|Place of origin||European / Eurasian countries with predominant Orthodox religion|
|Main ingredients||Milk, butter, eggs, sugar|
Paska (Russian, Ukrainian: Пáска "Easter" or ￼￼пасхальный хлеб, Easter bread, Georgian: პასკა "Easter", ultimately from Aramaic: פסחא "Passover") is a Ukrainian Easter bread tradition and particularly spread in countries with predominant Eastern Orthodox religion or cultural connections to the ancient Byzantine Empire. Paska breads are a traditional element in the easter holidays of Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Belarus, Armenia, Romania, Moldova, Georgia and parts of Bulgaria as well as the Assyrian–Chaldean–Syriac diaspora. Due to its geographical closeness, it is also widespread in Slovakia. Meanwhile it is also eaten in countries with immigrant populations from Eastern Europe such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Etymology and Origins
Easter is called in Russian and Ukrainian languages па́ска (páska/Paskha). The word is connected to ancient Greek word πάσκα (páska) and Georgian: პასკა (Easter), derived from the Orthodox believers in Byzantine Empire. The name is connected to the Jewish holiday of Pesach.
Paska is made with milk, butter, eggs, flour, and sugar, except in Romania, where the recipe most commonly includes sweet cream, cottage cheese, and/or sour cream along with eggs, sugar, raisins, and rum. An egg and water mixture is used as a glaze.
The Christian faithful in many Eastern Christian countries eat this bread during Easter. Christian symbolism is associated with features of paska type breads. The inside of paska can be a swirl of yellow and white that is said to represent the resurrection of Jesus while the white represents the Holy Spirit. Other versions include chocolate, rice, or even savoury mixtures based on cheese. A version is made with maraschino cherries added to symbolize royal jewels in honor of the resurrection of Jesus.
Eaten with other foods
Paska is eaten with "hrudka", also called syrek, a bland sweet custard similar to cheese made from separated eggs and milk and beets mixed with horseradish (chren/hrin) and kielbasa (in Polish) or kovbasa (in Ukrainian).
In Iran and the diaspora, Assyrians will eat a Paska cake on Easter, Ida Gura. The tall cake is decorated with a cross on top to represent Calvary, the place of Jesus' crucifixion, and surrounded with colored eggs to symbolize the people who visited Jesus during his death and were at his cross.
|Place of origin||Romania, Moldova|
|Main ingredients||eggs, sour cream, fresh cheese, raisins, sugar|
Pască is a traditional Romanian and Moldovan pastry. Pască is composed with eggs, sour cream, fresh cheese like urdă, raisins and sugar, and is especially made for Easter. The word Pască come from Latin, Pascha, meaning Easter.
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