Easter Traditions Around the World
Easter is always a great time of year and we love the celebrations that come with it. The easter eggs, big family roast dinners and the lovely bank holiday weekend are amongst the things we enjoy the most, but that got us thinking, how is Easter celebrated in other countries around the world? Here’s when we realise just how much we love Google…
Each Good Friday, a small group of Christian volunteers are nailed to the cross in a re-enactment of the crucifixion. The annual ritual dates back to the 1950’s and often attracts a large crowd.
In Slovakia, they follow a folk custom in which women are whipped with willow branches and doused in water. Done in the view that it will help make the women more healthy and beautiful, we’re not sure we’d prefer this to a nice piece of Dairy Milk!
Celebrations begin in ‘Holy week,’ which is the last week of Lent. Named the ‘Penance Processions,’ many Catholics wear conical hoods as they carry life-size effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, along to the heavy beat of a drum. The procession becomes more of a cheerful affair as we reach the Easter weekend to celebrate the rise of Christ.
Norwegians maintain a slightly unusual Easter tradition dating back to 1923. Crime novels are so popular around this time of year, that writers often publish ‘Easter Thrillers.’
On the morning of Easter Saturday, local residents throw pots, pans and other crockery out of their windows. There is some debate to the theory behind the tradition, with some believing it symbolises new beginnings and fresh starts.
So whatever you found yourself doing this Easter weekend, we hope you had a lovely time celebrating. Us? We just enjoyed a creme egg and a day off!
Love from The Liverpool Gift Company.