The kielbasa, along with horseradish and eggs, symbolizing Jesus's sacrifice and rebirth, were set out with other foods on the Saturday before Easter, when the priest visited. "He would bless the food and hand us each a hard-boiled egg," Pokrywka recalled. "That was exciting; Friday was a fasting day, so we were hungry." Biay barszcz was the first meal eaten on Sunday. The priest stopped making house calls long ago, but "it isn't Easter if babci doesn't make barszcz," said Pokrywka's daughter, Carolyn Wos, using the Polish-American word for grandmother.