Easter is just around the corner. I grew up celebrating this holiday by dyeing eggs, eating chocolate bunnies, and decorating my home with Easter baskets that contain cute yellow chicks. However, the Easter traditions that I observed might seem odd to some. Each culture has its own way of celebrating Easter, from painting the eggs red in Greece, to dressing up like witches in Finland. This blog post will take you on a tour to check out the coolest Easter traditions from around the world!
In the Spanish town of Verges, people dress up in skeleton costumes and perform the Dance of Death in the streets to reenact the life and death of Jesus. The celebration, which is called the Procession of Verges, takes place on Holy Thursday.
The most common Easter traditions in Hungary are coloring eggs and sprinkling water. On Easter Monday, girls and women dress up in traditional costumes, and male guests like friends and relatives politely ask if they can spray them with water or recite them a “sprinkle poem” that can be funny or romantic. In return, the women will offer them colored eggs, desserts, and alcohol. In urban areas, women dress casually, and men typically sprinkle them with perfume. So, yeah, Easter in Hungary is wet!
If you're a bookworm, you're going to love celebrating Easter in Norway. In the Scandinavian country, people avidly read Påskekrims, which are Easter crime novels.
The Easter tradition traces its roots back to February 1923, when Norwegian writers Nils Lie and Nordahl Grieg wrote a crime novel, which was advertised in a newspaper before Easter. The title "Bergen train looted in the night" was so realistic that people were intrigued to read the book. The rest is history!
The White House has been hosting the Easter Egg Roll since 1878. Children aged 13 and younger take part in the traditional Egg Roll race, where they have to roll an egg with a long spoon and partake in other fun activities.
You've heard of colored eggs and chocolate bunnies, now allow me to introduce you to the Easter omelette. In the southwestern French town of Haux, eggs are a huge part of Easter. Every Easter Monday, the residents of Haux gather in the town square to prepare a giant omelette that is made of more than 4,500 eggs. The delicacy feeds more than 1,000 people.
Easter is when the children in Finland dress up as witches, carry colorful willow twigs, and go from door to door, wishing people a good year in exchange for chocolate eggs. In the western parts of Finland, people organize bonfires on Holy Saturday to ward off evil spirits.
While people paint Easter eggs in many different colors, Greeks stick to red since it symbolizes the rejuvenation of nature and the resurrection of Jesus. Greeks also enjoy having tsoureki, which is a traditional brioche, and lamprokouloura, which are Easter cookies.
Traditions differ from one culture to another; that's what makes the world an interesting place to live. For instance, Korean couples celebrate their anniversary every 100 days. An even more interesting fact is that people in Japan celebrate Christmas by eating chicken from KFC. The more you know!