Easter markets. How they are carried out in Austria?
in the cities and the villages of Europe on streets and in windows of houses appear in the Spring colourful compositions from the painted eggs, easter hares and branches of a willow decorated with multi-colored ribbons marking that the main festive event for Christians - Easter comes. This year day of a holiday of the Easter Sunday coincides at Catholics and Orthodox Christians and is celebrated on April 4.
Europe traditionally celebrates Easter widely and cheerfully. On squares noisy and populous easter markets appear , in many cities easter festivals at which the best performers and on-stage performance groups speak are held. In Austria preeaster actions begin, as a rule, in two weeks prior to a holiday. This year the main easter markets in the cities of Austria began to work on March 20. Approximately the easter festivals for a long time taking the important place in cultural life of Europe begin with the same time in Salzburg and Vienna.
The largest and most colourful easter market in Austria what is annually carried out in Vienna on the square in front of the Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Austrian emperors is considered. It not only in the city, big markets begin to work in the center of the Austrian capital at squares Frayung and Am Hof. By tradition each of them has “specialization“, at Frayung Square various painted eggs, easter compositions and attributes for their drawing up, and on Am Hof - works of local handymen prevail: decorative products, jewelry, toys and souvenirs from a tree, ceramics, minerals, silver, textiles, etc., and also various sweets and pastries.
The main easter goods on such markets, undoubtedly, are multi-colored eggs which undersign manually. On markets offer buyers not only painted chicken, goose and quail eggs, but even enormous ostrich`s, and also made of various materials. On me the big impression was made literally by heaps of multi-colored eggs at Frayung Square. When took an interest at the seller, really they will be bought up, he answered that everything that I see, will disperse in several days and it is necessary to bring still.
Tradition to give each other for Easter painted eggs arose in Europe long ago, it is considered that in the territory of modern Germany and Austria it appeared in the 4th century. According to the legend, that which Mary Magdalene presented to the Roman emperor Tibery became the first Easter egg. Having heard from Maria about Christ`s revival, Tibery did not believe and declared that it is impossible, as well as the fact that egg which he holds in hand suddenly will become red. After these words egg in the emperor`s hands suddenly reddened. After this event colored eggs became invariable attribute of Easter. There are also other legends explaining this easter tradition.
Probably, in some regions of Europe eggs began to give in the spring each other long before origin of Christianity. At many people egg is a symbol of revival of life, spring awakening of the nature, fertility and even a Universe symbol. But for modern people custom to give colored eggs for a long time it is connected with Easter and Christ`s Revival. And how and when it arose, for many of us has no basic value.
Easter attribute, the second for the importance, which is presented in different types on markets much is the easter hare (rabbit). Strangely enough, in tradition of a number of the European countries rabbits, but not chickens, lay or hatch out Easter eggs. Probably, it is connected with the fact that the rabbit since ancient times was considered as a fertility symbol, here and “entrusted“ it honorary duties of production of Easter eggs.
In many places of Europe including in Austria, children before Easter do for rabbits beautiful nests, baskets or carts in which in festive night those also will bring painted eggs. As well as in a case with Santa Claus, parents that in the nests which are diligently made by children painted eggs lay in the morning should undertake a role of rabbits.
The hare became invariable attribute of an easter table and festive jewelry for a long time. On markets it is possible to get various figures of hares, from tiny with which will decorate branches of a willow and easter compositions, to the big, intended for registration windows and court yard in front of the house. In the form of hares the enormous amount of various sweets and culinary products which love both children, and adults becomes. By the way, in some types of the easter rolls and gingerbreads made in the form of a hare the shelled boiled egg inside is put. But most of all hares by Easter by tradition do of chocolate.
In the easter markets always a wide choice of various candles and products from wax which enjoy invariable popularity at buyers. On counters it is possible to see the figures of bible characters and animals made of wax, including several species of hares and lambs, various compositions with flowers and herbs. They have one feature: in the warm place of a product from wax begin to exhale delicate honey aroma. It is important not to be overzealous with heat, and that they just will begin to melt.
Always in the easter markets decorative products from a tree and natural materials including intended especially for Easter - egg cups, candlesticks, figures for decoration of a holiday table, various easter compositions are in great demand.
Feature of the easter markets is what in them always trades many producers offering own production. Here it is possible to buy graceful and original souvenirs which you will not meet in one souvenir shop. If it wants something especially exclusive, it is possible to make the order, and in 2 - 3 days to receive a product, similar to which precisely at anybody will not be any more.
Especially wide choice of works of national handymen on a market before the Schonbrunn Palace. Men undoubtedly will be interested in the wide choice of domestic wines, tinctures, fruit liqueurs, beer presented here. And women will not pass by trays with the original jewelry executed from semiprecious stones, silver, glass, beads, expensive breeds of a tree.
After walk on an easter market and acquisitions of souvenirs and to have a bite not a sin. Except a large amount of sweets, strudels and pastries, on big markets various dishes of Austrian cuisine are always presented, and, the choice is also for those who fast, and for those who do not observe a post. Not fasting would recommend to try “îńňĺđřčíęĺí“ from gammon with horse-radish or goulash with hot sauce, having washed down all this objedeniye with light Austrian wine. By the way, local wines are very good, and a mead - in particular. Instead of wine it is possible to be limited to local beer, juice or cold fruit punches. And to finish a meal ice cream, and, not factory, but house, with filling from berries or fruit.
In Austria tourists like to visit easter markets, there is here an opportunity to interestingly spend time, to admire works of national handymen, to get original souvenirs and to try tasty national dishes, wines and drinks.