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Easter Celebrations From Around The World

Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a significant festival in the Christian calendar, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Celebrated in many parts of the world, the holiday is observed with various customs, traditions, and festivities unique to different cultures.

  1. Easter Eggs – Western Europe
    One of the most popular Easter traditions is the egg, which symbolizes new life, resurrection, and rebirth. In Western Europe, eggs are painted, dyed, and decorated in a variety of patterns and colors, often using natural dyes. The decorated eggs are then hidden, and children go on egg hunts, trying to find as many eggs as possible.

Easter Traditions Around the World : How to Celebrate Easter


  1. Semana Santa – Spain
    In Spain, Easter is celebrated with Semana Santa, which translates to “Holy Week.” This is a week-long celebration that includes processions, reenactments of the Passion of Christ, and religious ceremonies. People dress up in traditional costumes and carry large statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus through the streets.

  1. Kite Flying – Bermuda
    In Bermuda, kite flying is a popular Easter tradition. People create and fly handmade kites, often designed in the shape of a cross or a diamond, symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus. The tradition dates back to the 19th century, when slaves were allowed to gather and fly kites on Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

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  1. Easter Bells – France
    In France, church bells are silenced on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, to mourn the death of Jesus. The bells are then rung again on Easter Sunday to celebrate his resurrection. Children are told that the bells flew to Rome to see the Pope and bring back Easter eggs and chocolate, which are then hidden in gardens and parks.

  1. Water Fights – Hungary
    In Hungary, Easter Monday is celebrated with a unique tradition called “sprinkling.” Men pour buckets of water on women they like and wish them good health, beauty, and fertility. This custom is believed to have originated from the pagan tradition of pouring water on the soil to promote growth and fertility.
  1. Easter Bread – Greece
    In Greece, a traditional Easter bread called Tsoureki is baked for the holiday. The bread is braided and often decorated with red-dyed eggs, symbolizing the blood of Christ. It is eaten after the Easter Vigil service, which takes place on the night before Easter Sunday.

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  1. Passion Plays – Germany
    In Germany, Passion Plays, or “Passionsspiele,” are performed during Holy Week, reenacting the final days of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. These plays have been performed for centuries and are considered a significant cultural and religious event.

  1. Easter Bonfires – Denmark
    In Denmark, Easter is celebrated with bonfires on the beach or in the countryside. The tradition dates back to the pagan times, when fires were lit to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the spring equinox. Today, the bonfires are a symbol of the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

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These are just a few examples of the diverse Easter traditions around the world. Each culture has its unique way of celebrating the holiday, but they all share a common thread of hope, renewal, and new beginnings.