Coloured eggs in Germany
Pancake Race in the UK
In the United Kingdom there exist several Traditions around the Easter Feast. The pancake race takes place on the pancake day which is every year on Shrove Tuesday, in February. This day is the last day before the lenting season starts. Check out this video of the London Pancake Race.
No egg hunt in Spain
On Palm Sunday „Domingo de Ramos“ ( A week before Easter Sunday) spanish kids wait in front of the church with palm leaves in their hands ( sometimes the leaves are draped with sweets) to let them be blessed – traditionally the palms are given to the kids
by their godparents. This tradition reminds on Jesus arrival in Jerusalem.
On Good Friday believing Christians in spain dress in black and eat fish instead of meat. During the holy weeks several processions take place in order to remind on the sufferings of Jesus.
The clothing reminded me on first sight on the Ku Klux Klan but these two things have defenitely nothing in common :P.
Unlike other countries, it is not common in Spain to search for eggs. Instead the children receive an Easter Bread, the so called: “Monas de pascua“. In the middle of the bread there is a cooked egg inside and it is also given to the children by their godparents.
Flying bells in France
In France it’s not the Easter bunny who brings the sweets and eggs, but the church bells. The parents tell their kids that from Holy Thursday on the church bells don’t ring because they flew to Rome to get blessed in order to bring away all the sadness about Jesu’s dead.
The bells then return on Easter Sunday and during their flight back, they drop sweets, which can be found in the gardens. Then they ring again to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
A typical french dish during the Easter Feast is: „Gigot d’agneau“. It’s a lamb dish – check out the recipe here. Typical French Easter sweets are chocolate bells (what else? :P). And also seafood out of chocolate, which is linked to the tradition to eat fish instead of meat on Good Friday.
Where are you from and what Easter Traditions do you celebrate? Write it in the comments 😉
Stay curious. Lot’s of love.C.