Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities

Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities, from lernin blog

First of all, Happy Easter holidays everyone! Isn’t it great to have a couple of days off to eat chocolate, paint eggs and spend some quality time with the family? Well, yes and no.

– WHAT?!

– Wait, wait. Yes, because we love spending quality time with the family AND we definitely love having some time off. No, because Easter is not celebrated the same way everywhere.😌

– Ok, ok, you saved it.

– We know, we know. Now, let’s see how people celebrate Easter around the globe!

Sweden

Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities, from lernin blog
Easter Witches!

Easter in Sweden sounds like a lot of fun, to be honest. Kids dress up as Easter witches and go from home to home trading drawings for sweets. So it’s a bit like a very pink Hallowe’en.

Apart from that, people eat eggs, herring and Jansson’s Temptation.

Spain

Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities, from lernin blog

In Spain, Easter is called “Semana Santa” (Holy Week) and is mainly a Catholic celebration. A huge Catholic celebration. Just so you get an idea, there are over 50 brotherhoods in Seville alone.

There are processions in which church members carry religious tronos (huge ornate floats). Penitents walk around wearing long robes, and women wear black and hold lit candles. So, as you can guess, the atmosphere is rather solemn.

Germany

Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities, from lernin blog
Can he be any more adorable?

Germans decorate trees with painted eggs for Easter. Everything ok so far. All normal. BUT one man has taken it to a whole new level. Since 1965, Volker Kraft has decorated an apple tree in his garden with around 10.000 eggs. Thousands and thousands of people go to his garden every year!

Bulgaria

Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities, from lernin blog

Egg fight! Well, not quite. So, in Bulgaria, each person has an egg, and taps it against the eggs of others, in turns. The person who ends up with the last unbroken egg wins, and the unbroken egg is kept until next Easter.

This tradition sounds super fun, but we wouldn’t be so excited about keeping the egg for a whole year…

France

Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities, from lernin blog
You have to break quite a few eggs to make this omelette…

If life give you lemons, make lemonade. And if life gives you eggs, make a giant omelette.

In Haux, people use no less than 4500 eggs to make an omelette to feed 1000 people. We’re big fans of this, thinking about moving there.

Brazil

In Brazil, people make straw dolls that represent Judas. Then they hang them in the streets and beat them up. Interesting approach.

Not everything is about beating Judas up, though. People also like to dress up to celebrate the end of Lent!

Britain

Easter Around the World: Traditions and Curiosities, from lernin blog

They see me rollin’, they hatin’. Egg rolling is a thing in Britain. People just launch their decorated hard-boiled eggs down a hill. The egg that rolls the farthest wins. And the broken egg shells must be carefully crushed, or they will be used as boats by witches.

Fair enough.


So… how do you celebrate Easter? Tell us in the comments, or on our Facebook page!

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