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8 super fun Easter traditions from around the world

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Easter is way more than some days off to binge on chocolate bunnies and candy eggs: It’s an important religious holiday that comes with all kinds of traditions and customs. However, over the years, some of these practices were adapted and reinterpreted – and the results should probably be celebrated by everyone, everywhere. Even if you don’t believe in the Easter bunny.

 

1. Kite Flying

The people in Bermuda aim high for Easter: kite flying is everyone’s favorite pastime during the holidays. Bermudians make their own kites with wooden sticks, colorful paper, and intricate designs. All of this is topped off with a special tissue called “hummers” that then makes a buzzing sound, aka the sound of Bermudian Easter. Everyone gathers and lets their beautiful constructions fly – or goes to Horseshoe Bay Beach to attend the annual Kite Festival on Good Friday.

 

2. Easter Nest Hiding

Who doesn’t like to search the house and yard for baskets filled with chocolate? In Germany, Switzerland, and many other countries for that matter, Easter nests are hidden for kids (and some grown-ups because why not!). The nests are actually decorated baskets or boxes that are filled with chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, candy, and toys and are said to be hidden by the Easter bunny himself.

 

3. Water Fighting

Few things signify Easter more than a friendly water fight. That’s what the Polish think as they celebrate Śmigus Dyngus (Poured Monday – the wet festivities take place on Easter Monday) by throwing lots of H2O at each other. In the olden days, it was mainly single guys chasing single girls, but now it’s pretty much everyone water-fighting everyone. The weapons of choice are water guns, empty shampoo and dishwashing soap bottles, and, of course, the good old buckets.

 

4. Eggscapading

Eggs and Easter go together like presents and Christmas – they are probably the world’s most eggstraordinary holiday food ever: People dye and decorate eggs, they hide and find them, they try to roll them across the lawn the fastest, they tap them together to see whose egg breaks last (aka who’s the winner, aka receiver of good fortune) or they simply eat them. Like in Haux, France, where about 1000 people get to eat a giant Easter omelet made of more than 4000 eggs and over 100 pounds of bacon, garlic, and onions.

5. Clay Pot Throwing

Watch out for flying pottery on the Greek island of Corfu. (Spoiler alert: This has nothing to do with everyone’s favorite wizard.) On Easter Saturday at 11 a.m. sharp, the residents of Corfu throw clay pots (of all sizes) from their balconies. The tradition dates back to the 16th century, when people threw all of their useless and old belongings out of the window to get ready for the New Year – the breaking pots scare away evil spirits and mark a new beginning.

 

6. Pretzel Distributing

Luxembourgers celebrate Bretzelsonnden, Pretzel Sunday, on the third Sunday in Lent. In Luxembourg, pretzels are actually sweet puff pastries with icing and almonds, so if it were up to me, every Sunday would be Pretzel Sunday. But back to the Bretzelsonnden tradition: Guys give the girl they fancy a pretzel on said Sunday. If she accepts the treat, the guy is allowed to visit the girl on Easter Sunday and will get an egg in return. If all of this happens in a leap year, the roles are reversed, and the girls can hand out pretzels.

Easter is way more than some days off to binge on chocolate bunnies and candy eggs: It’s an important religious holiday that comes with all kinds of traditions and customs. However, over the years, some of these practices were adapted and reinterpreted – and the results should probably be celebrated by everyone, everywhere. Even if you don’t believe in the Easter bunny.

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