Easter in the World: this is how it is celebrated

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Easter is known to be one of the most heartfelt holidays, thanks to his deeply Christian soul but also for its unequivocally pagan implications, although joyful and pleasing to young and old.
How do you expect the gifts under the tree on the occasion of Christmas, for the day of the Resurrection of Christ they give themselves chocolate egg and many other delicacies.
But are we sure that this is also the case in the rest of the world? What are the Easter traditions around the world? Let's find out!


  1. Italy
  2. Germany
  3. Sweden
  4. Finland
  5. Denmark
  6. Spain
  7. Israel
  8. Romania
  9. Russia
  10. England
  11. Mexico
  12. Greece
  13. United States
  14. User questions and comments


Let's start with our country. Here the crucial days are 4, with the Thursday and Good Friday Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. On the first day, the sepulchers, in the second mourning is observed and on Saturday, at midnight, the bells ring in celebration to announce the resurrection. On Easter morning there are many processions which evoke the joyful meeting between Jesus and the Madonna, and in churches as well as in homes, olive branches are gathered.

The main desserts are the dove and Chocolate eggs.


Here the tradition provides that for the Holy Thursday eat only green foods. During Holy Week, houses and gardens are decorated with decorated eggs, twigs, etc.
Here too the eggs are the masters, but these after being painted are inserted inside the Easter bunny (Osterhase), which is hidden for one treasure hunt of children on Sunday.
Lunch is based on lamb.


Here we usually adorn the birch twigs with painted eggs and feathers. It seems that these decorated twigs can accelerate the arrival of spring. Eggs cannot be missing at the table, as long as they are very colorful, to be distributed to children at the end of the meal.
In Sweden boys and girls for Easter dress up as steghe, and they do a sort of "trick or treat" carrying Easter cards from door to door, getting sweets or coins in exchange. This is because according to the Swedish tradition, in addition to the Christian resurrection, this day also symbolizes the departure of the witches towards the Blue Mountain.
The typical dessert is the Chocolate rabbit.


Here more than a Christian meaning, one is attributed to the feast pagan significance. And I would like to see well, in a country where there is snow one day and one day as well, the return of Spring deserves big celebrations! Who steal the scene from the risen Christ, uniting the Christian with the pagan. Also here decorations with birch branches and paper flowers, and here too we dress up as witches collecting sweets door by door. Also here in Finland on Sunday the "Kokko" lights up, large bonfires who repel witches and magical forest dwellers
Typical Easter foods are Pasha, a pudding made with ricotta, cream, sugar, butter and eggs (boom!), And Mammi, a rye pudding.


The Danes on Easter day try their hand at one treasure hunt: The eggs are hidden by the Rabbits (the adults), and whoever finds more, wins an extra one!
For adults, the treasure is there beer, or rather the Påskebryg, a special version produced only in this period.
Other curiosity: at Easter everything is yellow! Table cloth, dresses, decorations, even candles!


It may be because of its ultra-Catholic history and tradition, but here this festival is very much felt, and in all regions they are organized re-enactments and processions with great fanfare that last throughout the Holy Week. Hooded penitents (Nazarenos) in the streets, music, palm trees hang from the windows against the evil ones: a true melting pot of traditions.

La typical cake is called Mona, but this too is decorated with chocolate eggs.


Here the celebrations are twofold: there is in fact the Christian holiday is that Jewish, the Passah. In the Holy Week we retrace the Way of the cross, and on the Thursday before Easter we remember theexodus of the Jews and liberation from slavery in Egypt.


During the midnight mass, the end of Lent is always celebrated with painted eggs, which are broken by banging them against each other while a chorus of back and forth repeats: Hristos a Inviat! (Christ is risen) and Adevarat a Inviat! (Truly he is risen!).
Here too the houses are decorated, new clothes are put on of the party, and the children receive the painted eggs. The party menu is based on ciorba (a sour soup), lamb in the oven and the "drob" cake, made with lamb's liver and parsley.


In the country of Vodka it is customary to celebrate the day of the Resurrection with a family picnic, but with rather macabre connotations ... on the grave of a relative. The menu, for those who manage to swallow it, is based on meat, fish and mushrooms. The centerpiece of the festival is the city of Sagorsk, because here resides the Pope of Russia, with a procession around the Cathedral.
Here too the hard-boiled eggs are colored and the dessert of the party is the Kulitch, a panettone with sweet ricotta.


La Easter in England it has very altruistic traditions, in full "welfare" style. Indeed much attention is paid to those most in need, with offerings of food, help for the elderly and washing of the feet.
Even more carefree moments, with the "descent of the eggs" and the "treasure hunt": the first consists in rolling colored eggs from the hills of the parks, the second in the classic treasure hunt, which are the eggs, by children, among the bushes and flowerbeds of the parks.
Typical desserts are the "Hot Cross Buns", brioche with cinnamon and raisins with a cross of icing.


Traditionally a very religious country, and the traditions reflect this. In fact, on Holy Thursday there is a tour of seven churches to confess their sins, on Good Friday processions and representations of the Passion of Christ, and on Saturday the Burning of Judas, where a cardboard figure is set on fire.
Also here the eggs are colored and then break on the heads of friends. It is a sign of good wishes.
And Easter Monday then… well, it's almost summer there, then everyone on the beach!


Here the rites are Greek Orthodox. And in fact there is no correspondence in the calendar, generally here the celebrations begin on the Monday before Lent with the flight of kites.
On Good Friday they fast, on Saturday at midnight the "pope" announces the resurrection and the faithful light a candle which they will then take home.
The typical menu is made up of sweets and Easter bread, of course the inevitable colored eggs, one lamb soup, the "Maghiritsa" and the "kokoretsi", grilled entrails very similar to the Palermo stigghiole.

United States

All in all in line with the rest of the world, here too Easter is all about colored eggs and the joy of children. Extraordinary the event ofEgg Roll, where children are welcome to enter the lawn of the White House to roll their eggs in a speed race!

There is no shortage of parades, including the most famous a New York on Fifth Avenue.

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