If you are anything like us, then you will love to treasure the experience that surrounds Easter and Easter traditions.
Marking the arrival of spring, Easter is a time to be spent with close friends and family, enjoying good food and delicious drinks.
Whether you prefer the chocolate eggs to the mighty roast, there are many different ways in which you can celebrate Easter.
Here at Dexam, we have taken a look at how different countries around the world celebrate Easter and their Easter traditions, while igniting inspiration that you can incorporate during your long weekend.
Far and wide, take a peak at how other countries mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Over in Europe, Hungry has the exciting Easter traditions of ‘sprinkling’. Sprinkling can be referred to as the act of throwing water over a young women’s head and asking for a kiss. This act is believed to clean, heal, cure, while also having a fertility- inducing effect.
Across the water in South America, Brazil has the ancient Easter tradition of creating straw dolls that represent Judas. By hanging the straw dolls from the streets and beating them in the style of a pinata before turning the streets into a mini carnival to celebrate the end of Lent.
Over in Scandinavia, the Swedes have a less aggressive Easter tradition. With young children dressing up as Easter witches with long skirts, headscarves and painted red cheeks, these children go door to door around their neighbourhood trading paintings and drawings in return for sweets. How cute!
On the island of Corfu in Greece, there is a traditional event called ‘Pot Throwing’. Taking place on Holy Sunday, ‘Pot Throwing’ marks the event that consists of people throwing pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows.
It is thought that the throwing of pots helps to welcome the arrival of spring and that it also symbolises the abundance of new crops that will grow inside new pots.
In the Czech Republic there is an ancient Easter traditions that takes places every Easter Monday. Homemade whips made from willow are decorated with ribbons and used by men to playfully spank women. This act stems from the legend of the willow tree, the first tree to bloom in spring, it is thought that by spanking a lady with willow whips, you can transfer the vitality and fertility onto the women.
Over in Bermuda, they have a laid back, chilled tradition to celebrate Easter. Every Good Friday, locals will celebrate by flying homemade kits, eating codfish cakes and enjoying hot cross buns.
It is thought that this tradition begun when a school teacher from the British Army had difficulty explaining Christ’s ascension into Heaven, choosing to make a kite shaped like a cross to demonstrate.
While we associate Easter with Easter Eggs and egg hunts, in Bulgaria, they choose to throw their eggs! Every year, a family egg fight will take place – with the winner being those who emerge from the fight with the most unbroken eggs.
In Germany, children grow up missing out on the excitement experienced around the thrill that is the Easter egg hunt. Instead of searching high and low for their chocolate bounty, Easter Eggs in Germany are hidden in plain sight. Whether in trees or hanging in the streets, trees are alight with multi-coloured eggs.
In the town of Haux in France, there is a egg-tastic traditional that takes place every year. In the town’s main square, a giant omelette is created using a whopping 4,500 eggs that feeds 1,000 people. The influence behind this yearly tradition is that when Napoleon and his army were travelling through the south of France, they stopped in Haux and dinned on omelettes.
It is rumoured that Napoleon enjoyed his omelette so much, that he ordered the villagers to gather their eggs and make a gigantic omelette for his army the following day.
Across the other side of the world, down under in Australia, Easter is not symbolised by the Easter Bunny, instead with the Easter Bilby.
With rabbits considered as pests in Australia, in 1991 the Anti-Rabbit Research Foundation started a campaign to replace the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby. With big ears and long noses, Bilbies are an endangered species to Australia, now celebrated every Easter.
Simple to recreate for yourself this Easter, these Easter traditions from around the world all have their own meaning and allow you to celebrate this religious festival.
For us here in the UK, nothing symbolises Easter as mountains of good food shared with family and friends.
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