Easter Traditions Around the World

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Easter Traditions Around the World

This is an example of one of the extravagant and colorfully decorated Easter trees in Germany. Photo provided by wikipedia.org

This is an example of one of the extravagant and colorfully decorated Easter trees in Germany. Photo provided by wikipedia.org

This is an example of one of the extravagant and colorfully decorated Easter trees in Germany. Photo provided by wikipedia.org

This is an example of one of the extravagant and colorfully decorated Easter trees in Germany. Photo provided by wikipedia.org

Lianys Olmeda, Staff Writer

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Easter is a very celebrated holiday across the world that is commemorated in various ways. Though we are used to such traditions as egg hunts and the White House Easter Egg Roll, there are many other fun traditions that other countries have that might seem a little strange to us. Here are five memorable Easter traditions from around the world:

  • On Easter Monday, some towns in France, mainly Bessières, celebrate Easter with a giant omelet. The town gathers to cook and enjoy an omelet made of 15,000 eggs, that can serve approximately 1,000 people. The tradition has various origins, but according to one legend, the tradition is believed to be in recognition of when Napoleon Bonaparte and his army once spent the night near the town and after eating an omelet cooked by local innkeeper, he thought it was so delicious that he ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in their village to cook a giant omelet for his army.
  • Though in the United States we traditionally hide eggs on Easter, Germany hangs them instead. In Germany, brightly colored Easter eggs are displayed on trees and even in streets to make a colorful and beautiful display. Some trees are decorated with thousands of multi-colored eggs hanging on them.
  • Many traditions around the world seem to disregard the important religious origins and connotations of this beloved holiday. In many cities of Spain, however, the main religious aspect of Easter is celebrated with elaborate processions of brotherhoods, which are religious groups from different congregations, and impressive candle lit floats that illustrate the Easter story.
  • Halloween is many people’s favorite holiday, especially in the United States where it is celebrated a lot. For Easter, children in Sweden dress up as “Easter hags” with brooms, and they go from door to door asking for candy, kind of like how we celebrate Halloween with trick or treat and dressing up as witches.
  • Finally, Easter can get a little dangerous in Corfu, Greece. A tradition specific to the island Corfu in Greece is “Pot Throwing,” which is exactly what it sounds like. On the morning of Holy Saturday, people throw pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows, smashing them on the street. One explanation for this custom is that it comes from the Venetians who used to throw out their old items on New Year’s Day. Some also believe that this tradition symbolizes people welcoming spring and the crops that will be harvested and gathered in new pots.

In the end, no matter where you come from or how you celebrate, Easter is a special holiday that should be enjoyed with family and loved ones. Perhaps you can incorporate some of these traditions into your Easter holiday this year, such as decorating your trees with eggs or throwing vases from your upstairs window (just kidding; please don’t do that). At the end of the day it’s all about having a good time and celebrating what you believe to be the meaning of Easter whether it be religion, family, fun or all combined.

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