Easter is undoubtedly a festival with Christianity (and all subsequent denominations and variations) at its very core. Unlike Christmas, for the most part Easter has successfully held on to tradition and the meaning that comes hand in hand with that. Because of this very Christian association with the holiday, Easter tends to be observed most keenly in Europe, though many countries in Africa, South America and Asia have their own Easter traditions, too.
Outside of the church traditions, some nations have some really interesting ways with which they celebrate Easter. From drenchings ‘watering’ in Poland to the kite flying of Bermuda, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Easter traditions from around the world.
On the (mostly) quiet island of Corfu, you possibly wouldn’t expect anything this destructive to be a part of their Easter Traditions. In fact, on Easter Saturday, you’d do well to keep off of the streets, as it’s commonplace for people to throw pots and other clay-based items out of their windows to welcome in the new season of spring!
Though Poland is home to many more typical Easter traditions, the most intriguing is the action of ‘watering’. This act sees water thrown between people, in the hope that it will bring good health for the following year. It’s an all-encompassing act, and if you’re in Poland around the Easter holiday, expect to get wet!
Even outside of Easter traditions, Russia has a strong association with decorated eggs – Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé created the renowned Fabergé eggs. Over Easter, like many residents of other countries, people create elaborately decorated eggs which they then give to family members or friends. Along with this, Russians take to tapping each other with willow sticks over the Easter period, and spend much of the time with members of their church outdoors, singing songs and accompanying the priest on his home visits.
Less of a tradition and more folklore-based, the Hawaiian understanding of Easter is a rather poetic one. Focusing more on the idea of the egg itself, Hawaiian ancients were said to understand the birth of their island as from a giant egg. When the egg cracked, the yolk became the sun and the shell formed the islands that make up Hawaii. Granted, this isn’t the most Easter-centric tale, but we liked it nonetheless!
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