By CC Chiang
Ever wonder how other nations celebrate Easter? According to Mirror Online, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and is one of the most important and oldest holiday’s. Unlike other Christian holidays, Easter does not have a fixed date. This is because Easter follows the Lunar calendar, as it falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox. This year, Easter fell on April 16.
There are many common and well-known Easter traditions, such as church services, Easter egg hunts, and decorating eggs. However, there are still many other Easter traditions that vary all around the world. Here are a few…
Even though Christians only make up 2.5 percent of the population, there are still elaborate festivals with carnivals, street plays, songs, and dances. People exchange flowers, chocolates and colorful lanterns as gift s.
Natives of Florence celebrate Pasqua (“Easter” in Italian) with a 350 year old tradition called Scoppio del Carro, which means “Explosion of the Cart”. An old cart is filled with fireworks and exploded in the middle of the town for everyone to watch. The day after Easter (called Pasquetta or Little Easter), locals gather for the annual Ruzzolone, a competition which involves rolling cheese around the village.
Australians associate Easter with a different animal, since rabbits are considered pests because they destroy land. Thus, there is an Easter Bilby, not an Easter Bunny. Bilbies have big, soft ears, similar to a rabbit, but has a long nose like a mouse.
- The UK:
Egg jarping is an English tradition that is also recognized all around the world. Two players smash their hard-boiled eggs together and whoever’s egg does not break from the collision wins. England also holds a World Jarping Championship every Easter.
The residents of Corfu, a Greek island, take part in the annual “Pot Throwing”. It is exactly what it sounds like; the residents throw pots, pans and other clay items out their window. This marks the beginning of spring, as it symbolizes new crops.
Sabado de Aleluia is a tradition where Brazilians create straw dolls to represent Judas, the follower who betrayed Jesus. These dolls are hung on the street and get beaten up by locals. Many times, politicians involved in scandals will be made as dolls as well.
Easter seems a lot like Halloween in Sweden. Children dress up as witches wearing long skirts, colorful scarfs and red painted cheeks. They go from door to door, trading paintings and drawings, hoping to get sweets in return.
Many countries have their own unique traditions and rituals that they carry out during Easter. Which of these eight Easter traditions surprised you the most?