Today is Orthodox Easter. The greeting in Romanian is “Hristos A Inviat!” Christ is Risen!
The response : “Advevarat A Inviat!” Indeed He is Risen!
My cousin Adriana Muntean from Constanta, Romania, sent me a text…and I’ll try to translate it: The whiskered bunny is a lucky omen on Easter… He does not leave presents in your boots… He has other secrets… “pasca” a soft braided bread filled with cheese… red eggs, and “cozonac” similar to the Italian “panettone” sweet bread with raisins or nuts… roasted lamb… and a Happy Easter… It all rhymes and sounds like a jingle.
What matters most is that Adriana thought to send me the message… Unburdened by the weight of the reality the family experienced due to my mother and father leaving Romania, my cousin’s husband called and I spoke with all of them, including my Tanti Lila. They did not hold a grudge. They forgave my parents. My grandfather was imprisoned for years.