Traditions: how people celebrate Easter across the world

Easter Celebrations around the world

Easter is a holiday celebrated to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Different countries celebrate the weekend differently, depending on their traditions and beliefs. Here are some of them:

Germany

In Germany, Easter is synonymous with eggs, bunnies, bonfires and spring cleaning. Children take part in a number of games including blowing eggs and painting them with different colours and patterns before placed in a basket.  The Bunny then hides the baskets around the house for the children to find them on Easter Sunday.

The bonfire is a long-held tradition, lit on the Easter Sunday to welcome the sun and spring. Today, the day is for Germans to come together and spend time with each other.

Easter Bonfire
Bonfire

France

While many countries use Easter eggs as a sign of the holiday, France opts for Bells. The French believe that the flying bells bring treats for the children. The belief comes from a legend that, since no bells are rung between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil, the bells are not rung because they grew wings and flew to Rome to be blessed by the Pope.

Away from the Bells, the French living in Bessieres in the southwestern part of the country celebrate the holiday by preparing a giant omelette.  The omelette is made up of 15,000 eggs, cooked on a four-metre pan by 40 cooks.

Easter Omelette
Easter Omelette [Photo: AFP]
Venezuela

Venezuela celebrates by burning the effigy of Judas Iscariot. Over the years, the Judas’ effigy has been replaced by the effigies of politicians and others, in what some natives believe that the practice allows them to express their anger and resentment against the effigy.

Easter effigy
Easter effigy
Norway

Norwegians celebrate the holiday in a tradition known as Påskekrim (Easter Crime), in which they indulge in the goriest crime thrillers. From books to films, they indulge in their favourite stories as they indulge in chocolate eggs.

Påskekrim
Påskekrim
Spain

On Holy Thursday, Spaniards in the town of Verges dress up in spooky skeleton costumes and death robes in a festival called Dansa de la Mort (dance of death). The spectacle is open to visitors, who pay a small fee to watch the parade and dances.

Dansa de la Mort
Dansa de la Mort
Kenya

Here at home, we celebrate the holiday in many ways. People give back to the community by visiting children’s home and spending time with the less fortunate. Others opt to spend time with their families and friends, either at home or going for trips out of town.

Christians hold a vigil on Maundy (Holy) Thursday and attend church services from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Holy Family Basilica [Photo: Giovanni Cerretani – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64230603]
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