7 Easter Traditions from Around the World
Easter is just round the corner and we’re starting to make plans for the family gatherings. What are your family traditions? How do other people celebrate Easter? Let’s have a look.
People in Bermuda celebrate Good Friday by making and flying kites. They make codfish cakes and hot cross buns. This tradition was started by a British Sunday School teacher who had a hard time explaining Jesus’s ascension to heaven. He made a kite shaped like a cross to give them a visual. Traditional kites in Bermuda are jazzed up with brightly colored tissue paper, wood, metal and string.
People in Norway have a very different tradition when it comes to Easter. Norwegians have what they call Easter-Crime or Paaskekrim. During this time of year, the people of Norway watch crime/detective shows and read mystery books. Many of the families go hike and camp for the week in the mountains.
The people in Northwestern Europe do large bonfires which they call Easter Fires. These fires are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. The most common explanation is said to be of Saxon descent. With this explanation it is said that spring triumphs over winter. The fires are to chase the winter and darkness away. The Easter fires also bring together the community for fun, food and drinks.
Said to be secular holiday in Sweden, Easter is done with a meal of eggs, herring, and Janasson’s Temptation: potato, onion, and pickled sardines baked in cream. The kids dress up as Easter witches in old, used clothing. They go from house to house exchanging their art work for desserts and other sweets.
The Haitian people celebrate Easter with colourful, vivid parades and something called Rara. Rara is playing music on trumpets made of bamboo, maracas, and drums; which are sometimes made of coffee cans. The holiday is a mix of voodoo and Catholic traditions.
Easter Sunday in Argentina is celebrated by consuming and sharing eggs and eating a special Easter cake called Rosca de Pascua. The day ends by going to mass followed by a big family gathering with tons of food. The people tend to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with a big barbeque and a treasure hunt put on by the local governments in the main cities, so that everyone has a chance to participate.
Easter is a big deal here. Visiting people will notice the colorfully decorated streets, shops and restaurants filled with Easter decorations, bunnies, chocolate, painted eggs and even live baby chicks in some places. Good Friday is celebrated by a mass that symbolizes the crucifixion and, depending on one’s Christian denomination, can last up to three hours. Easter Sunday is a huge celebration where everyone goes to church. Also unique to Easter in the region is the consumption of sweets called Maamoul; little cookies made with a mixture of semolina and butter then stuffed with either dates or ground sugared nuts and dusted with icing sugar. They melt in your mouth.