[MGSA-L] How NOT to celebrate Easter

George Baloglou gbaloglou at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 01:25:16 PDT 2011

This recollection comes from an elderly Ukranian lady (Mariupol
region, native Greek speaker):

Prior to 1955 there were no functioning churches in the Ukraine, and
Easter celebrations (involving red eggs and tsourekia called "pascha"
by Greek and Ukrainian/Russian speakers alike) were restricted to
private homes. To prevent children from celebrating Easter, the
communist authorities devised the following plan and day trip:
children were expected to show up at school by 8 AM on Easter Sunday,
carrying a bucket; then they would depart for the fields near the
river, and there they would repeatedly fill their bucket with water
and flush rats out of their holes, killing them upon their surfacing.

Καλή Ανάσταση,


Γιώργος Μπαλόγλου -- Θεσσαλονίκη

http://www.oswego.edu/~baloglou (1988 - 2008)

http://crystallomath.wordpress.com (2009 - )

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