Easter Traditions & Celebrations Around the World: Easter Traditions is on its way, where family members and especially kids enjoy it by having Easter party and decorating Easter eggs. Each country celebrates Easter day in different ways and also holds different traditions. It was in 1700 the German immigrants practiced the belief that rabbits and eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth, where this may be the norm in America, other cultures from different countries have their unique style to celebrate Easter.
Whether it’s drenching one another with water in Poland or reading crime novels in Norway, below we have described popular Easter traditions from around the globe.
Rabbit is considered as a pest for destroying crops and land in Australia, in the year 1991 Australia launched Rabbit Free campaign to replace the Easter bunny with Easter Bilby.
2. VERGES, SPAIN
The procession lasts in Verges, Spain with frightening skeleton costumes and parades through the streets, also carrying boxes of ashes.
3. HAUX, FRANCE
On each Easter year, a giant omelet is served to people in the town’s main square. This humongous Omelette is made up of more than 4,500 eggs and more than 1,000 people relish on it. Napoleon also enjoys this tradition by ordering the townspeople to gather their eggs and prepare a giant omelet for his army.
4. ITALY, FLORENCE
The people of Italy, Florence enjoy the 350-year-old Easter tradition as Scoppio del Carro, or “explosion of the cart”. According to the traditions an ornate car filled with fireworks is carried through the streets of the city, where people don themselves in colorful 15th-century costumes. The archbishop of Florence then lights a fuse to the fireworks filled cart during Easter mass displaying a lively fireworks show.
The Scandinavian children wear colorful dresses mainly in Witches like a costume. These little kids then go begging for chocolate eggs all around the streets with makeup faces and scarves around their heads. Also in some parts of Western Finland Bonfires are burnt on Easter Sunday.
6. CZECH REPUBLIC AND SLOVAKIA
There is an amazing Easter tradition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia where men usually spank Women with handmade whips made of willow, decorated with ribbons.
7. CORFU, GREECE
On the holy Saturday morning, there is a tradition of “Pot throwing” on the Greek island of Corfu. People enjoy the moment by throwing pots, pans, and other earthenware out of their windows. Some believe that this tradition welcomes spring, which symbolizes the new crop to gather in the new pots.
Norwegians spent the Easter day by reading crime novels, where publishers publish special “Easter thrillers” known as Paaskekrimmen. This weird tradition began in 1923 when a book publisher published its new crime novel on the front page of the newspaper.
Poland holds a funny Easter tradition of pouring water on each other. It is on Easter Monday boys drench others with a bucket of water, squirt guns. Also, the latest tradition holds its origin in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966 A.D.
10. VATICAN, CITY
The pope commemorates the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the Colosseum on Good Friday. On the evening of Holy, Saturday a Mass is celebrated and on Easter Sunday, thousands of visitors gather in St. Peters Square to have Pope’s blessing from the church balcony, popularly known as “Urbi et Orbi”.
11. WASHINGTON, DC
The White House is hosting the Easter Egg Roll on its South Lawn for over 130 years. The main activity of the Easter activity includes rolling a colored hard-boiled egg with a large serving spoon, but now many people engage in more amusement ventures like musical groups, sports, egg hunts, and crafts.
12. SICILY, ITALY
Locals from Sicily, Italy wear terrifying masks of zinc and also dress in red robes, a representation of devils “the Abballu de daivuli”.
Hungarian Easter tradition comprises of the popular tradition of “Sprinkling” mainly observed on Easter Monday, also known as “Duckling Monday”. Boys have fun by sprinkling perfumed water on girls. The tradition is believed that water is used as cleaning, healing, and fertility inducing effect.
14. JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
People of Jerusalem celebrate Good Friday by walking on the same path as that of Jesus did on the same day he was nailed to the cross. Many pilgrims on Easter Sunday attend a church service at Garden Tomb, the area to be believed Jesus was buried.