From Babka to Polish Easter Eggs (Pisanki)
Like so many holiday traditions, a family’s Easter Traditions are usually a mixture of old customs and new ideas. The Easter season is not only a Christian holiday, but has it’s roots in the Anglo-Saxon celebration of the rebirth of the earth and the return of spring. It is believed that “Easter” is actually a version of the name Eostre, the goddess of Spring. Many of the current Easter traditions like sharing Easter eggs and even the Easter bunny go back to ancient pagan symbols of fertility and renewal, but have evolved to have different meanings in different cultures.
In my family, we blended American customs with Polish tradition from my mother’s side of the family and Russian traditions from my father’s side of the family. Easter became a mixture of the Easter bunny, traditional Polish foods and a few Russian customs.