8 Unique Easter Traditions Around the World
Growing up I feel like I had a pretty stereotypical Easter Sunday. We would dye and decorate Easter Eggs sometime that weekend and then my parents would act as the Easter Bunny and hide the eggs while we were sleeping. My parents actually hid about four or five dozen eggs throughout our ginormous yard though, I don’t know if that is common. I never really loved the idea of eating eggs that were outside in the grass haha But since the Easter Bunny did it, it was ok, right? The Easter Bunny now that I’m an adult opts to use the plastic Easter eggs and fill them with stuff that we all enjoy like chocolate and the good candies ;)
Anyway, then we’d put on our beautiful, sometimes new, Easter dresses and head to church to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then we’d come home from church and put ourselves in a marshmallow peep kind of coma, if you know what I mean. Good times!
Since Easter Sunday is a Christian holiday and you have got Christians all over the world, I thought it was fascinating to learn how some of the different cultures and countries celebrate this special holiday.
“Sprinkling” is a popular Hungarian Easter Monday tradition, in which boys playfully sprinkle perfume, cologne or water over a young woman’s head, and ask for a kiss.
People used to believe that water had a cleaning, healing and fertility-inducing effect.
In the town of Haux, a giant omelet made with 4,500 eggs that feeds 1,000 people is served up in the town’s main square. The story goes, when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelets.
Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelet for his army the next day.
Besides being crazy football fans, there’s a crazy tradition of creating straw dolls to represent Judas (the apostle known for betraying Christ) and hanging them in the streets and beating them up. And many times politicians involved in scandals become Judas.
Easter in Sweden sounds a lot like Halloween to me, with the children dressing up as Easter witches wearing long skirts, colourful headscarves and painted red cheeks, and go from home to home in their neighborhoods trading paintings and drawings in the hope of receiving sweets.
5. Czech Republic
On Easter Monday there’s a tradition in which men spank women with handmade whips made of willow and decorated with ribbons. According to legend, the willow is the first tree to bloom in the spring, so the branches are supposed to transfer the tree’s vitality and fertility to the women.
This is meant to be playful spanking all in good fun and not to cause pain.
On Good Friday, the locals celebrate by flying home-made kites, eating codfish cakes and hot cross buns.
The tradition is said to have begun when a local teacher from the British Army had difficulty explaining Christ’s ascension to Heaven to his Sunday school class. He made a kite, traditionally shaped like a cross, to illustrate the Ascension.
Here people don’t hide their eggs — they have egg fights – and whoever comes out of the game with an unbroken egg is the winner and assumed to be the most successful member of the family in the coming year.
In another tradition, the oldest woman in the family rubs the faces of the children with the first red egg she has colored, symbolizing her wish that they have rosy cheeks, health and strength.
Whilst in many countries Easter eggs are hidden and children hunt for them, in Germany Easter eggs are displayed on trees and prominently in streets, with some of the trees having thousands of multi color eggs hanging on them.
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