It is Orthodox Easter today – a week behind this year because of the different calendar – and there are treats galore.
Chocolate is not really part of the tradition, though it is starting to slowly become assimilated because of Western custom.
Instead, you have colorful eggs, Easter cake, and paskha (the name for Easter in Russian), an indulgent way of breaking lent, made of tvorog (farmer’s cheese), butter, sour cream, spices, candied fruit and nuts.
The tvorog is first pressed to get rid of the liquid and then moulded in a cheese cloth or an old wooden press (if you’re lucky to have one). It is then decorated with candied fruits, nuts etc. with various religious symbols.
You then spread the paskha on your easter cake – known as kulich – and have it for breakfast/lunch/dinner :).