The Saturday of the Easter weekend made for pretty empty streets in Lviv, which was a change after Good Friday. We spent the early afternoon walking around and exploring the Art Gallery, and returned to our hostel early. We were planning on staying in until it was time to catch our train to Chernivtsi, but the hostel owner explained that residents of Lviv were about to hit the streets in an Easter tradition.
As it turns out, Saturday is when the food that will be consumed for the Easter feast is blessed. Families fill the streets, carrying weaved baskets filled with cheese, meats and painted eggs. They are heading to the church, where everyone then lines up outside and waits for the priest to bless the food (and everyone) with Holly water. Some even get their wine blessed!
It was really interesting to see people involved in an Easter tradition that actually involved the church and made sense. It really gave a feel of family and community, and everyone welcomed our curious eyes with an open heart.