A part of the Christian calendar, Easter is a holiday that is celebrated around the world. To many, it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, but it has also become a special day to spend time with friends and family. Over the years, hundreds of traditions have developed, and some are certainly a bit unique!
Below, we are going to take a look at seven of these different Easter traditions from around the world! Interested? Then keep on reading!
Australia: Easter Bilby
While the Easter bunny is still a very popular figure in Australia, there is another furry friend that has made an appearance. In 1991 after a campaign released by Rabbit-Free Australia, chocolate bilbies, an endangered animal, began being made with the proceeds going towards their rescue. It helped educate children about the land’s native wildlife while raising awareness of the countries feral rabbit plague.
USA: Easter Egg Roll
The Easter Egg Roll became popular in 1878 when US President Rutherford B. Hayes held a party to play the unique game. It involves pushing an egg along the ground with a long-handled spoon. However, that’s not the only activity available for the children. They can also get involved in making incredible easter recipes and playing a variety of other games.
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Finland: Witch Dress Up
You might be a little concerned seeing all the Children in Finland dressed up as witches during the Easter period. However, this is all part of the celebration! Very similar to Halloween, families go door to door with willow twigs, wishing everyone good health and happiness in exchange for candy.
Poland: Splash Time
Easter Monday, also known as Smigus-dyngus in Poland, is a day where you may want to bring an umbrella. The unusual tradition results in the entire country trying to drench other people with buckets, water guns, and hoses. Stemming from fertility rituals, it’s said that any girl that gets soaked is to be married within a year.
Greece: Pot Throwing
On the island of Corfu in Greece, Holy Saturday welcomes an unexpected tradition known as pot throwing. Looking up onto the balconies, you’ll see families throwing pots, pans, and vases out onto the street as a way to welcome spring. It’s also said to ward of evil spirits, with some individuals taking smashed pieces home as good luck charms.
Czech Republic: Whipping
When you first hear of whipping in the Czech Republic during Easter, you may get a bit concerned. However, this is a very playful tradition that is celebrated by many. It involves men spanking women with handmade willow whips that they have decorated. According to legend, those that are whipped are said to be transferred fertility and vitality from the willow branch.
Norway: Crime Time
Last on the list and another very unique tradition. In Norway, Norwegians use the Easter holidays to read and watch as many different crime novels/movies as they can get their hands on. Since this country offers more time off during the holiday than any other, it does make sense that they can spend time relaxing and reading!