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How Easter Is Celebrated Around The World

Easter is a holiday that is celebrated around the world, and each country has its own unique traditions and customs associated with the holiday. Here are some examples of how Easter is celebrated in different countries:

  1. Poland: In Poland, Easter is celebrated with a variety of traditions, including the painting of Easter eggs, called "pisanki," and the blessing of food baskets, called "swieconka." On Easter Sunday, many families enjoy a traditional meal that includes ham, kielbasa, and other traditional dishes. Śmigus-Dyngus, also known as Wet Monday, which is a traditional holiday celebrated in Poland on the day after Easter. On this day, it is customary for people to throw water on one another, often using buckets or water guns to cleanse oneself of sins and bad luck.

  2. Ethopia: In Ethiopia, Easter is celebrated with the "Fasika," which is a three-day celebration that includes fasting, feasting, and attending church services. Many families also enjoy the traditional Easter dish, called "doro wat," which is a spicy chicken stew. Some walk on a three day fasting pilgrimage where they arrive at a church and feast after.

  3. Greece: In Greece, Easter is celebrated with the traditional Easter meal, which includes lamb, potatoes, and tsoureki, a sweet bread flavored with orange and spices. On Easter Sunday, it is also customary to crack red eggs, which represent the blood of Christ.

  4. Brazil: In Brazil, Easter is celebrated with parades and processions, including the Passion of Christ, where participants act out the story of Jesus' crucifixion. Many families also enjoy a special Easter dessert called "pao de lo," a sponge cake made with sugar and eggs.

  5. Germany: In Germany, Easter is celebrated with Easter trees, which are decorated with colorful eggs and other ornaments. Many families also enjoy the traditional Easter bread, which is a sweet bread filled with raisins and almonds.

  6. Spain: In Spain, Easter is celebrated with the "Semana Santa," or Holy Week, which is marked by processions and celebrations in cities and towns throughout the country. Many families also enjoy the traditional Easter dessert called "torrijas," which is a sweet bread soaked in milk and cinnamon and fried in olive oil.

  7. Australia: In Australia, Easter is celebrated with chocolate eggs and bunnies, as well as hot cross buns. Many families also enjoy the traditional Easter Sunday roast, which is typically lamb or beef.

  8. In Sweden: In Sweden, Easter is celebrated with the "paskris," which is a bundle of birch twigs decorated with feathers and other ornaments. Many families also enjoy the traditional Easter meal, which includes herring, salmon, and other seafood dishes.
  9. Italy: In Italy, Easter is celebrated with processions and parades, as well as the traditional Easter meal, which includes lamb, artichokes, and other spring vegetables. On Easter Monday, it is customary to have a picnic with friends and family.

  10. Mexico: In Mexico, Easter is celebrated with the "Semana Santa," or Holy Week, which includes processions and celebrations throughout the country. Many families also enjoy the traditional Easter bread, called "pan de muerto," which is a sweet bread flavored with anise and orange.

Ireland also has a number of unique Easter traditions that differ from other countries. Here are a few examples:

  1. Holy Thursday: In Ireland, Holy Thursday is often celebrated with a tradition known as "The Seven Churches Visitation." This involves visiting seven different churches to pray and reflect on the events of Holy Week.

  2. Good Friday: In Ireland, Good Friday is traditionally a day of fasting and abstinence. Many people refrain from eating meat or consuming alcohol on this day.

  3. Easter Vigil: The Easter Vigil is a traditional Catholic service that takes place on Holy Saturday. In Ireland, it is common for people to light candles and participate in the service, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ.

  4. Irish Dancing: Irish dancing is a popular tradition in Ireland, and it is often featured in Easter celebrations. Many towns and cities hold dance competitions and performances during the Easter season.

  5. Easter Fires: In some parts of Ireland, it is traditional to light Easter fires on the top of hills or mountains. This tradition is believed to date back to pagan times and is a way to celebrate the arrival of spring.

  6. Blessing of the Fields: In some rural communities in Ireland, it is traditional to have the fields blessed on Easter Sunday. This is done to promote a good harvest and ensure the fertility of the land.

Isn't it fascinating how Easter is celebrated in so many different ways around the world, with each culture adding its own unique traditions and customs to the same celebration. As the Easter approaches, we would like to wish you a very happy and joyous Easter, no matter how you choose to celebrate or wherever you may be in the world.