Easter is way more than some days off to binge on chocolate bunnies and candy eggs: It’s an important religious holiday that comes with all kinds of traditions and customs. However, Easter is not celebrated the same way everywhere in the world. Some countries have their own traditions and some; believe it or not don’t have chocolate eggs. Let’s have a look at how Easter is celebrated around the world.
Even more important than Christmas, Easter is one of the major religious events for Russians, a time that brings a renovated spirit of joy and hope. Eggs also have a place of honor in Russian Easter. The traditional eggs are painted red or cooked together with beet roots, onion skins and spinach. It is also believed that by rolling an Easter egg over the face you can make yourself look younger.
Easter is a mainly secular affair in Sweden. During Easter, it’s believed that witches travel to Blåkulla on Maundy Thursday to celebrate the witches Sabbath and plan their mischief. As a matter of fact, a mini-Halloween takes place either on Thursday or Saturday before Easter. Little girls dress as witches and go door to door looking for sweets.
Sprinkling” is a popular Hungarian Easter Monday tradition where men usually go in small groups and are "armed" with soda-water siphon and cologne water. They great girls and women with shorter funny and sometimes a bit blue poems then sprinkle the women. The women must be well-prepared; they treat men with dessert and beverages - and with hand-painted eggs.
Most Spanish cities, towns and villages have their own unique, centuries-old traditions that combine religious and festive events in the lead up to Easter. During this time, explorers are able to witness big parades in the streets with everyone playing an active role in the celebrations. Music, art and color are all important features of the festival but play a distinct role depending on the region.
On Easter Monday in the Czech Republic, men playfully spank women with 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.
Unlike many other countries, the rabbit in Australia is not considered as an Easter symbol, as it is often responsible for agricultural destructions. Therefore, the Australians came up with their own Easter animal – Bilby, an endangered marsupial with rabbit-like ears. This has been decided by the government to support the endangered Australian marsupial.
In the United States, the President hosts the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn on. The tradition, believed to date back to the early 19th century, involves children rolling a colored hard-boiled egg with a large serving spoon and looking for hidden chocolate or wooden eggs that were brought by the Easter bunny in the park, their garden or at the White house.
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!
Written by: Sanket Kamble from Stayplanet