Ukrainians celebrate Easter after completing a period of fasting, prayer, and penitence known as Lent, and a week of preparations known as Holy Week. Ukrainians prepare for Easter celebrations by dyeing Easter eggs (pysanky), baking Easter bread (paska), and preparing non-Lenten foods like meat and cheese. These foods are placed in Easter baskets, lit with candles, and are blessed
by a priest during Easter mass. Families gather together and eat the food the next morning, breaking the Lent.