Easter traditions from around the world

It’s that time of year again when you have every excuse to overindulge in chocolate and anything containing eggs. This seems to be a common Easter feature the world over, but some countries also boast rather more unusual festive traditions…

Traditionally, Swedish children dress up as good Easter witches wearing an array of old and mismatched clothing. In a similar set-up to Halloween, groups of camouflaged kids walk around their neighbourhood trying to trade handmade art for eggs and sweeties.
A popular Easter meal is Jansson’s Temptation, a pickled sardine, potato and onion bake.

Easter is one of the year’s biggest Christian festivities in Spain. Celebrations commence on Palm Sunday or Domingo de Ramas and come to an end on Easter Monday or Lunes de Pascua. The whole country enters festive mode with a noticeable carnival atmosphere marked by the sound of drums and trumpets. Processions take place in the streets with people dancing and revelling in the beautiful flower-coated floats. Locals in Seville, Andalucia are known to be particularly big on the celebrations.

In Bermuda Good Friday is also referred to as Kite Day by locals. Vast crowds gather on beaches throughout the country to show off their handmade kites and to take part in kite flying competitions. The tradition is said to have arisen when a Sunday School teacher used a kite to illustrate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. It’s accompanied by eating hot cross buns filled with freshly cooked fishcakes, yum!

Though Easter in Australia doesn’t stand out much in terms of unusual traditions, a remarkable new feature was introduced just a few years ago. Locals are more likely to chomp down on a chocolate bilby than a chocolate bunny. The little critter is an endangered local species struggling for survival in the wild due to rabbits destroying their natural habitat. Pretty though bunnies may be, in Australia they are seen as a pest. Conservationists are trying to reach out to the public to raise awareness of this predicament.

Latvians dye their eggs using onion skins. The eggs are hard boiled so their fit to fight. Yes, locals take part in egg fights where eggs are smashed against each other, end to end to determine the strongest one. Winners are said to have a lucky year ahead of them. One must also make sure to go on a swing at Easter, otherwise he risks being attacked by mosquitos all throughout the upcoming summer. Giant wooden swings are set up throughout the country in honour of the festivities.

To brighten up your Easter, why not incorporate some foreign festive fun into your family traditions?
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