Easter is celebrated worldwide as one of the two most important religious dates in Christianity. The story of this holiday entails is the most miraculous story of all times, spreading hope around the world, as well as admiration and respect for the ultimate, selfless act of love. Revolving around the same concept, people in different parts of the world practice various traditions during Easter. The specter is so wide, that we decided to choose only a few of the most interesting rituals to present to you.
Greece – Most of the Western world is entertaining while dying eggs for Easter, mixing colors and making sketches on hard-boiled eggs. In Greece, for example, the ultimate color is red. It symbolizes the blood of Christ, joy and celebration of life. All this reflects the ancient story about the renewal of life and the victory of life over death. The legend stretches in various directions, and there are numerous interpretations as to why the red color has been chosen to represent new life. Some of the stories include Mary Magdalene, who supposedly brought eggs to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the blood from his wounds dyed the eggs red. The other story also includes Mary Magdalene bringing eggs in a basket to the Jesus’s tomb and reflects the moment when the tomb was found empty, which caused all eggs to turn red instantly. Either way, the most commonly known color association with Easter is red.
France – The land of wine and good food. Where else would the celebration focus on food if not in France? The French reportedly foster an interesting manifestation on Easter Monday, making the biggest omelet in the world, consisting of more than 4,500 eggs for more than 1,000 people. The meal is traditionally prepared in the French town of Haux, where people gather in the streets and bring the eggs which have previously been cracked at their homes among family members. The eggs are then prepared in an enormous cooking pan. The tradition of eating eggs prepared in various ways is present in many European countries and lasts days after Easter.
Finland – Easter in Finland is focused on kids. The Finns have an unusual tradition of dressing up children as witches and allowing them to practice the ritual which is very similar to Halloween. Apparently, they bring their broomsticks with them and go hunting treats. Each child should carry willow twigs decorated with colorful feathers and crepe paper and they offer these things as blessings which should scare away evil spirits, in return for treats. Evil spirits are also being driven away by bonfires set every year in various towns in Finland on Saturday night before Easter.
USA – in America, Easter is a very joyful holiday featuring parades, spring break, egg roll, egg hunt – just to name a few. One of the most colorful events is Easter egg roll. The origins of this manifestation date back to the beginning of 19th century when the first egg roll was organized on the grounds of the US Capitol. Few decades later, the manifestation was transferred to the White House South Lawn, due to the fact that the new lawn was planted in Capitol and apparently the gardeners wanted to keep it intact. The event was well accepted and has grown since then. Therefore, ever since 1877 the First Lady hosts egg roll event at the White House for children up to 13 years of age.
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