Easter celebrations throughout Christianity are one of the most important celebrations along with Christmas celebration. People from around the world are gathering to celebrate life over death and share what’s really important in life.
Different countries where Christianity is main religion, have different approach and variety of Easter celebrations for the same thing.
It all brings us to a conclusion that from wherever we are, and whatever religion we practice, we all believe in the same one thing: God as representative of all essential goodness in life.
If we live upon Bible 10 commandments – the world would have been really great place to live in. No war, no hate, no sorrow – just happiness. Isn’t that something we should strive for?
However, as Easter celebrations are currently on, here we will see in which way they are performed in many countries from around the world.
Finland And Willow Twigs
In this Scandinavian country, celebrations start with children having colored faces, wearing scarves around their heads, carrying broomsticks, coffeepots and bunches of willow twigs.
There are parts of Western Finland where people burn bonfires on Easter Sunday, which is an old Nordic tradition coming from the belief that, the flames keep off the witches flying around on brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
France With Omelette And “Flying Bells”
“Flying bells” and an omelette big enough for an army, are France unusual ways of celebrating this holiday. Haux, an southern French town is celebrating Easter by making gigantic omelette served up in the town’s main square. The omelet uses more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people.
Regarding “Flying bells” the story is as follows:
On Good Friday, all church bells in France sprout their wings and fly down to Vatican to be blessed by the Pope. No church bells are ringing between Friday and Easter Sunday morning, to commemorate the death of Jesus.
On their way back, they return with goodies for well-behaved children – caring chocolate eggs and ringing again on Easter Sunday to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
Poland And Water Pouring
The first sign of approaching Easter in Poland is a large number of branches and dried flowers being brought to church.
Polish Easter celebration is done by poring water on one another and it is called Smingus-Dyngus. On Easter Monday, boys try to drench other people with buckets of water, squirt guns or anything they can get their hands on.
There is a legend saying that girls who’ll get soaked – will marry within the year. The refreshing tradition has its origins in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966 AD.
Greece And Pot Throwing
Corfu is most famous for pot throwing on Easter.On the morning of Holy Saturday, people throw pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows, smashing them on the street.
This is done because people believe throwing pots welcomes spring, symbolizing that new crops will be gathered in the new pots. It is pure symbolism of abundance.
Italy And The Burning Torches
On Good Friday, the Pope commemorates the “Way of the Cross” at the Colosseum: A huge cross with burning torches illuminates the sky as the 14 Stations of the Cross are described in several languages.
Mass is celebrated on the evening of Holy Saturday and on Easter Sunday, and thousands of visitors congregate in St. Peter’s Square to await the Pope’s blessing from the church’s balcony.
Czech Republic And Slovakia- Willow Branches Spank
If you are traveling for this holiday to these Eastern European countries, you’d better watch your back not to get willow branch on it!
There’s an Easter Monday tradition in which men spank women with handmade whips made of willow and decorated with ribbons.
According to legend, the willow is the first tree to bloom in spring, and the branches are supposed to transfer the tree’s vitality and fertility to the women. This playful spanking is all in good fun and isn’t meant to cause any pain.
Spain And “Death Dance”
On Holy Thursday, in the Medieval town of Verges, Spain, the traditional “death dance” is performed. Everyone is dressed in skeleton costumes and parades through the streets.
The procession ends with frightening skeletons carrying boxes of ashes. The dance begins at midnight and continues for three hours into the early morning.
Balkan Countries And The “Egg Tapping”
In Balkan traditions, there is an egg tapping tradition in a manner that everyone has an egg which should crack another man’s egg.
The hardest and un-cracked one should be kept throughout the year as a blessing.The winner is assumed to be the most successful member of the family in the coming year.
In this Balkan tradition, the oldest woman in the family rubs the faces of the children with the first red egg she has colored, symbolizing her wish that they have rosy cheeks, health and strength throughout the year.
Indonesia And Cross Bearing
Washington DC And Egg Roll
For 130 years, the White House has hosted the Easter Egg Roll on its South Lawn. The main activity involves rolling a colored hard-boiled egg with a large serving spoon, but now the event boasts many more amusements, like musical groups, an egg hunt, sports and crafts.
Ending this worldwide tour in the city where it is believed Jesus was crucified, Christians celebrate Good Friday by walking the same path Jesus did on the day he was nailed to the cross.
Marking his pain on that fateful day, some of those who participate – carry a cross with them in his remembrance. On Easter Sunday, many pilgrims attend a church service at Garden Tomb-the area that it is believed Jesus was buried.
At end we must say, whatever religion people have, and whatever traditions there are for Easter or other religious celebrations – they all lead to the same thing: goodness and unity for all human beings on a whole other different level called – soul uplifting!
Happy Easter to all!
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