The Easter is the most important celebration of the Romanian people and it is preceded by numerous preparations and rituals.
It’s a must for the people to have a clean house and have all the ritual foods ready. This is why the cleaning starts on Great Thursday. Men, who are usually working in the field or at the forest, will remain home starting with this day and will take out the trash, fix the fence, cut wood, bring water, butcher the lambs. Women are the ones that paint and decorate the eggs, do the laundry and generally clean the house.
The eggs are painted starting with Thursday. Initially the only accepted color was red, but in time other colors were also applied yellow, green, blue and even black. In the villages the paint is still obtained from plants.
Because it’s a good thing to have a new piece of clothing on the Easter, girls and young wives start to sew shirts for them and for their parents, brothers, husbands or children, with about two weeks in advance.
(SOURCE roconsulboston: Easter traditions in Romania )