While thinking about our yearly Easter celebration, I wondered what Easter traditions were like around the world. Our family does fairly simple things for Easter: color hard-boiled eggs to decorate the table; fill colorful plastic eggs filled with money, and candy, around the house for an Easter Egg hunt; eating lamb for dinner; having beautiful desserts that remind us of Spring; and finally, being surrounded by our family. So, what are Easter traditions from around the world?
7 Easter traditions from around the world
Easter in Italy
Well, of course, the Pope has a large role in the Easter tradition of Italy. He gives a service in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City. It’s even shown all over the world on television.
Before Easter happens, there’s a little thing known as Lent. Over in Venice, they have a huge Mardi Gras festival to start Lent off with a bang.
Let’s not forget about what’s to eat! Since it’s Italy, they’ve got to have their bread, right? Pannetone and Colomba are the popular gifts given for Easter, because a day without the gift of bread isn’t a day any Italian can handle! I say this, because I’m Italian.
Celebrating Easter in Greece
According to WhyEaster.com, fireworks signal Easter Sunday has started. Many families eat a soup made of Lamb stomach, and the rest of the lamb is eaten later on for their main dish! Roasted lamb, I knew I loved the Greeks!
Easter in the United Kingdom
It’s pretty similar in the UK, as it is in the U.S.A. Eggs are decorated, and normally referred to as Pace Eggs, which comes from the word pasche, meaning Passover.
An Australian Easter
Shockingly, there’s no Easter Bunny. They’ve got Easter Bilby. He’s a rodent that kind of resembles a rabbit. Family celebrations are the key to an Australian Easter tradition. Normally roasted lamb, beef or chicken is served, and of course, roasted veggies like potatoes and carrots are sides!
There’s also a game of Egg Knocking that goes on. Get your mind out of the gutter, it’s nothing crass. You use your hard-boiled egg, tap it against your opponents hard-boiled egg, in hopes of cracking their egg without cracking your own. Oh, my people are nutty. Not only am I Italian, but I’m also an Aussie. It’s a crazy combo, and Easter just proves how truly different my families can be.
Easter in Spain
Apparently, there’s a lot of processions that occur throughout Spain on Easter Sunday. We’re talking floats with stories of Easter being represented on them, plus floats with statues, or flowers. The floats are called tronos, and about 50 people carry the tronos on their shoulders.
An Irish Easter
According to YourIrish.com, Easter Sunday is celebrated at mass, wearing Sunday’s best clothing. Once mass if over, there’s of course an Easter feast. Guess what’s eaten at the feast? It’s Ireland, so you know potatoes are on the menu. There’s also meat, bread, and veggies. Easter Eggs aren’t hidden and hunted for, though. Easter Eggs are presented to the kids once the Easter meal is done. Clean plate is required to get those eggs! Normally, chocolate eggs are given these days, instead of colored eggs.
Celebrating Easter in Colombia
I chose to look into Colombia, because I’m mistaken for being Colombian on almost a daily basis. People think I’m kidding, but after they witness it happen, they know I’m not even close to kidding. I don’t mind, it’s sort of just normal for me at this point. I’m thinking of learning Spanish, and really confusing people to no end!
In any event, when looking through Easter traditions from around the world, I had to see what went on in Colombia. According to UncoverColombia.com, Easter Sunday isn’t really as important as the week leading up to Easter Sunday. It’s Holy Week. Teachers, and students, usually get the whole week off leading up to Easter. MOST of Colombia shuts down Holy Thursday and Good Friday, because the days are national holidays. Ironically, many Colombians will leave for the United States for vacation during Holy Week.
Easter Sunday isn’t super important for those who are in Colombia. Sure, many go to mass, but that’s about it. No Easter baskets, no Easter egg hunts, and chocolate bunnies? Not happening.
What are your Easter traditions where you’re from? Do you have family traditions for Easter? Please comment below and share your Easter traditions with me!
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