Easter Celebrations around the World
I am always looking forward to Easter. My family would gather together in one big group and we would boil the eggs and paint them, while enjoying each other’s company and eating amazing food. This memory got me thinking; how do other people celebrate Easter around the World?
To stay on the topic of food, a small village in France has a pretty ambitious, but altruistic tradition. Every year in Haux, they make a giant omelet made from 4,500 eggs that can feed around 1,000 people, which is the village’s population. It is served up and eaten in the town’s square. Apparently, if you believe the stories, Napoleon Bonaparte came to the village with his army and ate omelets. He liked them so much that he ordered a giant omelet be made next day in the village’s square and so the tradition stayed.
In Bermuda, the people celebrate Good Friday by eating hot cross buns, codfish cakes and flying home-made kites. The explanation for the latter is that a teacher from the British Army had trouble explaining to his Sunday class Christ’s ascension to Heaven, either due to language or cultural barrier. So, he made a kite, which was in a traditional cross shape to illustrate it.
Norway has an interesting take on it. There is a tradition called “Easter Crime” or Paaskekrim around Easter, where people sit down and read a good mystery book or watch crime TV dramas or movies in the company of their friends and family, showing the country’s love for crime stories.
A Greek island called Chios celebrates Easter with a bang! The island’s inhabitants make homemade rockets every year and set them off during midnight mass on Easter Sunday. While some may find that incomprehensible, disturbing a mass, two rival churches in the town of Vrontados actually perform a “Rocket War”, firing hundreds upon hundreds rockets at each other while holding mass.
We will be going to Hungary for the last country of this small trip, where girls are the main targets of a tradition called “sprinkling”. Water is believed to have a cleaning and healing effect, so boys sprinkle water, cologne or perfume over a young girl and ask for a kiss.
I hope you enjoyed this small look into different cultures and had a great Easter yourselves.
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