Friday, February 22, 2013

Butter Lambs

      The butter lamb, also known as a buttered lamb, is a traditional butter sculpture accompanying the Easter meal for many Russian, Slovenian, Polish Catholics. Butter is shaped into a lamb either by hand or in a lamb-shaped mould. It is also sold at delis, Polish specialty markets, and some general grocery stores at Easter time. The butter lamb is a particular tradition in Buffalo, New York's Broadway Market, in which the annual introduction of the butter lamb is a symbol of spring.
       Frequently the eyes are represented by peppercorns and a white banner with a red cross on a toothpick is placed on its back.
      Its name in Polish is baranek wielkanocny. Its name in Russian is barashek iz masla (барашек из масла). A variant is the sugar lamb.

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