Easter traditions and customs around the world
Over the next week, Easter festivities and celebrations will be in full swing across the world, with different countries marking the occasion with their own unique customs and traditions. Here is just a brief selection of some of the ones that caught our eye…
In Poland, a popular Easter tradition is Smigus-dyngus, which involves people taking to the streets each year to participate in water fights on Easter Monday. The tradition originally began as a man sprinkling perfumed water on the girl he was interested in, but nowadays it is quite common for anyone to get a good soaking.
In Australia, the Easter bunny is replaced by the Easter bilby, an endangered species unique to Australia.The Easter bilby is characterized by its long nose and large ears, and in order to increase awareness and conservation efforts, bilby- shaped chocolates and related merchandise are sold throughout Australia over the Easter period.
In Germany, a common Easter tradition is the ‘egg dance’, where eggs are laid upon the ground and people dance among them while trying not to damage them. Another popular custom is ‘The Osterbaum’ or ‘Easter tree’, in which Easter eggs are hung from trees or large branches.
In Corfu (Kérkyra), one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Greece, on the Saturday before Easter they throw clay pots from their windows and balconies. The crashing noise accompanied by loudly ringing bells and bands parading through the streets follows the first Resurrection announcement.
We would love to hear of any other Easter customs and traditions that will be taking place across the world over the next week. Please feel free to leave a comment and share some of your own Easter related festivities.
Updated: April 2017
Original Post: March 2013
Photo 1 – ‘ Blue Easter’ – Abac077 via Flickr
Photo 2- ‘ Easter Tree’ – scartmyart via Pixabay