Tomorrow is Good Friday, which commences the festival of Easter; this is when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. And, for some, Easter also encompasses the coming of spring.
There are many traditions associated with Easter in the UK, such as Easter egg hunts for children (and adults!) and rolling decorated eggs down steep hills. Easter eggs have become a cultural symbol of Easter but, not all Easter customs involve chocolate!
We thought we’d see how other countries celebrate Easter and share a few traditions from around the world:
Traditional home-made Bermuda kites are made and flown at Easter. It is said to represent Christ’s ascension into Heaven. Bermudians celebrate by eating fishcakes and hot cross buns!
Having the largest Catholic population in the world, Brazil celebrates Easter with rituals similar to those of other Catholic countries. Here Easter is not just about chocolate eggs or bunnies, but it is more a religious celebration, a time to remember the resurrection of God.
The Danes have a unique Easter tradition that starts way before Easter, even on Valentine’s Day: they send teaser letters. They write a secret poem and then send it to someone anonymously, usually accompanied by a snowdrop flower. If the recipient guesses who the sender was before Easter, he or she receives an Easter egg as a reward.
It is traditional in France that church bells do not ring on both Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Sometimes children are told that the bells have gone off to see the Pope!
Germans have one of the most colourful traditions for Easter: the Easter tree, or der Osterbaum. Beautifully decorated Easter eggs are hung on branches in a vase in the home or on trees outside.
The Italians typically eat roasted lamb at Easter, as well as Colomba Pasquale, an Easter cake, and Panzerotti, which is similar to Calzone. On Easter Monday one tradition is Pasquetta, which is a picnic typically taken in the country-side or woods where spring can be enjoyed.
In Spain floats or tronos are taken through the streets at night. The tronos are decorated and represent parts of the Easter story. Tronos are carried on the shoulders even though the procession can last up to five hours!
Whatever you do, we hope you have a Happy Easter. If you have any traditions of your own why not let us know below.
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