Traditional Easter program in Zetea at Olga pension (13-17 April 2017)
13 April, Thursday:
14 April, Friday:
15 April, Saturday:
The guests can take part in Easter preparations.
Those who don’t wish to take part in Easter preparations can go on a trip.
At 20 o’clock the guests can participate in the Resurrection Service and in the procession with candles.
16 April, Sunday:
The guests can participate in the traditional Easter walk around the village and in the consecration of food.
This walk around the village on Easter Sunday represents a typical folk custom in Szeklerland. This walk has been a tradition for hundreds of years in Zetea as well. According to old people this holiday goes back to pagan times. In spring village people used to go on the fields and check the grass, mark the borders and clean the springs. During the years this custom has become a religious one – as it is an important holiday, village people went on a pilgrimage visiting crosses and chapels. Today this walk is still very popular. In each year there are hundreds of people who participate in it. People meet near Subcetate the inhabitants of this neighbouring village and they greet each other waving flags. The consecration of traditional Easter foods is also typical – lamb, red eggs, loaf and spirit. After breakfast pilgrims go back to participate in the Easter service. The pilgrims sing and wake up nature and they tell those who stayed at home that Christ is Risen! They pray to God to bless the harvest and the villagers.
17 April, Monday:
For this program can register groups of at least 20 persons! Participation fee for the whole program: 125 euro/person.
Photo: Z. Nagy István