Red boiled eggs are one of the traditional food eaten during the celebration of the orthodox Easter in Albania.
On Sunday evening, at the midnight Mass, thousands of orthodox believers gather around the church. They light long candles out of the priest's fire (watch out cause everyone is stepping on your toes to reach it). When the bell marks midnight, everyone share some red egg with their loved - ones, their relatives, neighbours and friends. On the morning of last Easter Monday, the pavement around the Orthodox cathedral of Tirana was covered by red egg-shells and pieces of burned candels.
In Albania, people buy a sort of red powder from their local church and use as a dye. They mix it with water, boil the egg and then put them in wine vinegar to strenghthen the color.
I really enjoyed Easter celebration in Albania because it is a happy moment of religious acceptance and tolerance. Orthodox share their eggs with Muslims, Catholics, Bektash and atheists. Restaurants serve them to all of their customers as a welcome gift. Albania has so much to teach us about friendship between religions and fedels 😍👏🍀
Many thanks to my lovely Albanian friend Luçiana for teaching me all about the tradition and cooking me some eggs 😊😘