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Easter Traditions Around The World

09 Mar 2022

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Though today it is perhaps most celebrated as a time to gorge ourselves on various egg-shaped chocolate delicacies, Easter is celebrated differently around the world.

EGG KNOCKING
In the US state of Louisiana, they’ve been knocking eggs together for around sixty years.
It’s all part of a competition where you’re knocked out if your egg cracks, leaving just one winner remaining.

SILENT FRENCH BELLS
Church Bells in France and parts of Belgium and the Netherlands stay silent for a number of days in the run up to Easter. The tradition says that the bells fly out of their steeples and fly to Rome, returning on Easter morning bringing both coloured eggs and hollow chocolate shaped
like eggs and rabbits.

GERMANIC EASTER FIRES
Much like Bonfire Night in the UK, the northern and eastern parts of the Netherlands, as well as many parts of Northern Germany, light fires at sunset on Easter Day. This is a pre- Christian tradition, dating back to Saxon times when the people believed that the fire helped spring to become victorious over winter.

HOT CROSS BUNS
Traditionally associated with Good Friday, but now eaten throughout the year, these delicious spiced buns are served primarily in Britain, but also in the United States, Australia and New Zealand (where currants are often substituted for chocolate chips) and also in the Czech Republic, where it is a cake known as Mazanec.

OPENING DOORS
In Portugal, a catholic tradition of Easter is to join the family, open the doors of the house and receive the blessing of the Holy Cross. In that moment, a blessing is read and the house is sanctified, as well as the family. After that, the family gets together to eat and chat, and it is usual for grandparents and godparents to give money or presents to children.

GIANT OMLETTE
Every year, thousands of spectators gather in the town of Bessieres, located in southwestern France, to watch cooks prepare a 15,000 egg omelette.

SMASHING MORNING
Starting at 11 a.m. on Holy Saturday, you probably don’t want to be walking through the streets of the Greek city of Corfu. Residents throw pottery from their windows in a noisy tradition that has been linked to a Venetian ritual in which people threw their possessions out the window in hopes of receiving new ones.

SCANDINAVIAN WITCHES
For children in Sweden, Easter looks much like Halloween, children dress up as Easter witches and travel door-to-door collecting candy in return for paintings and drawings.

Finnish children follow a similar tradition, but they hand neighbors catkin branches and recite healthy wishes instead of artwork.

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