How THE WORLD celebrates EASTER
EASTER has been a time of celebration and feasting. We have so many beautiful well know Easter traditions like Easter games, egg rolling, egg tapping, pace egging, egg decorating and more.
Today Easter is a very important day and a bank holiday, when lots of greeting cards are sent out, families sit down at Easter table and have eggs and other Easter food. Did you know, that different countries have their own Easter traditions. Read an article and find it out, how the world celebrates this beautiful spring Holiday.
Each year on Good Friday the Pope commemorates the Via Crucis at the Colosseum. A huge cross with burning torches illuminates the sky as the 14 Stations of the Cross are described in several languages. Mass is celebrated on the evening of Holy Saturday, and on Easter Sunday. Thousands of people join the celebration in St. Peter’s Square and wait for t the Pope’s blessing from the church’s balcony, known as “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and to the World”).
In 1991 Australia has replaced the easter bunny with the easter bilby. Why?Australia considers rabbits as pests, destroying crops and land. So australians have lots chocolate bilbies on their Easter table.
Polish have a tradition to pour water on each another and its called Śmigus-dyngus. it’s believed that if a girl gets soaked she marries within the year. The tradition has its origins in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966 AD.
Each year a giant omelet made up of over 4500 eggs is served up in Haux main square. It serves about 1000 people. The beautiful tradition has its origins from the times when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, stopped and ate omelets.
Corfu residents in Greek island has a “pot throwing” tradition. People throw pots and all other kitchenware out of their doors and windows. They throw it and smash it and this is how they welcome spring.
Norwegians on Easter read crime novels called “Easter thrillers” in Norway known as Paaskekrimmen. The tradition has started in 1923 when a book publisher promoted its new crime novel on the front pages of newspapers.
In Jerusalem on Good Friday, people walk the same path Jesus did on the day, he was crucified. On Easter Sunday the tradition brings everyone to a church at Garden Tomb, where its believed Jesus was buried.
Locals represent “The Abballu de daivuli” by wearing terrifying masks and dressed in red robes. They run around, trap souls and make them to buy a drink. In the afternoon devils are replaced by angels and Virgin Mary and Risen Christ triumph.
Thousands of People in Seville wear very spectacular penitents and floats.They line the streets and watch marching bands and decorated candlelit floats with statues, that illustrate Easter.
For more that 130 years, the White House has been hosting the Easter Egg Roll on its South Lawn. Lately the main traditions followed by some other entertainment like crafts, sports, and egg hunt.