While many people are used to hiding chocolate eggs and enjoying dinner with family and friends, there are many different Easter traditions around the world.
1. Egg Rolling in Scotland
Easter in Scotland is a mostly laid-back event. Scots do the traditional things commonly associated with Easter, but they also add a bit of fun, particularly for the kids. Easter fun here is all about eggs. After they’re boiled and painted with different designs, they’re rolled down a hill on Easter Sunday. Apart from fun, the event is symbolic as it is carried out to represent the rolling away of stones on Jesus’ tomb.
2. Egg-knocking France, Germany, Norway and Syria.
The game is played with hard boiled ones and is a bit like the game of ‘conkers’. The object of the game is to hit everyone else’s egg and to keep your own one unbroken. The last player with a whole egg is declared the winner.
3. Bonnets in the U.S.A
Easter Bonnets come from European traditions of wearing flowers on a hat to celebrate spring. It was developed over the years into a way of ladies celebrating Easter and of showing off to family and friends as to who had the best Bonnet!
Each year on Easter Sunday, celebrants don festive finery and show off their very best bonnets along Fifth Avenue in New York City. The pageant is a tradition that stretches back to the 1870s.
4. Kite Flying Bermuda
Bermudians celebrate Good Friday by flying home-made kites, eating codfish cakes, and eating hot cross buns. The tradition is said to have begun when a local teacher from the British Army had difficulty explaining Christ’s ascension to Heaven to his Sunday school class. He made a kite, traditionally shaped like a cross, to illustrate the Ascension. The traditional Bermuda kites are made with colourful tissue paper, long tails, wood, metal, and string.
5. Flying Bells and Omelettes France
French kids don’t get goodies from the Easter bunny, but from the Easter bells. Catholics don’t ring church bells between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil. As the story goes, in France, the bells are off flying to Rome to get a blessing from the Pope, but when they return they bring chocolate and gifts for the kids.
Don’t forget a fork if you’re in this southern French town of Haux on Easter Monday. Each year a giant omelette is served up in the town’s main square. The omelette uses more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people. The story goes, when Napoleon and his army were travelling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelettes. Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelette for his army the next day.
6. Eggs and Bunnies Germany
Eggs and bunnies are two of the oldest symbols of Easter in Germany and every spring shops boom with eggs and bunnies made of chocolate, cardboard or flowers in different sizes and wrappings.
The Germans have a number of egg games which the children play over the holidays. One tradition is to blow eggs and paint them in multiple colours and patterns on Good Friday. The eggs are then put in a basket for the Osterhase (or Easter bunny) to hide around the house on the night leading up to Easter Sunday. On the morning of Easter Sunday, the children go hunting for the eggs and often find that the Osterhase has also left chocolate eggs and Easter presents for them to find.