Easter Traditions Around The World
April 9, 2012 by staff
Easter Traditions Around The World, Christians celebrate Easter as a day to commemorate Christ’s resurrection while in certain other cultures it is a day to welcome spring. The moveable feast of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon which happens on or after March 21, following the northern hemisphere’s Spring Equinox.
The celebrations all over the world normally include attending the mass and making Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, chocolates and buns. But there are also strange Easter traditions and weird customs followed during the celebrations in some countries.
Czech Republic and Slovakia: In both the countries, women can expect to get whipping. As a part of the Easter tradition, men beat girls and women with decorated handmade whips. However, the whipping is not intended to be painful. It is believed that whipping on the Easter day makes women more healthy and beautiful.
Finland: In Finland, the Easter celebrations have a Halloween look as the children dress up as witches with broomsticks hanged around their necks. They wander in the streets in search of treats. It is believed that during the festival, witches become more powerful and bonfires are made to scare them off.
Australia: Usually, all over the world it is the Easter Bunny that brings in the chocolates and hides the eggs, but in Australia it is an Easter Bilby that brings the eggs. One reason behind this interesting change is to create awareness on bilby which is an endangered species in Australia and another reason is a dislike towards the bunnies which destroy the crops. On Easter, chocolate bilbies will be made.
Colombia: Colombians have strange dinner menu for the Easter day. Instead of chocolates and eggs, they dine on iguana, turtles and big rodents for the feast.
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