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5 Countries with Curious Easter Celebrations

Easter is the holiest day of the Christian Calendar and the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

However, one of the most popular symbols of this holiday is the “Easter Egg.”

So, if Easter has to do with Christ, where do the famous easter eggs come from?

According to History Channel, the egg was adopted as a symbol of easter sometime around the 13th century. The yolk inside the shell was a symbol god’s emergence from the tomb and eggs were painted red to represent the blood that Christ shed on the cross.

Over the years, people around the world have adopted their own Easter traditions and here we’ll show you how the famous holiday is celebrated in five different countries around the world.

Sweden- Easter Hags

Kids dressed as Easter hags. Photo via yourlivingcity.com

Unlike many countries in Europe, Easter is considered a secular event in most parts of Sweden. In fact, feathers, painted eggs, and little witches (Easter hags) are the protagonists of this celebration on, which can take place on Maundy Thursday or Easter’s Eve, depending on the part of the country you’re at.

In this day kids go knocking door-to-door offering homemade Easter cards and receiving candy in return. Pretty similar to what Americans do on Halloween.

Hungary- Sprinkling

Sprinkling activities in Europe. Photo via Vajdahunyad Castle.

In Hungary, one of the most famous Easter customs is called “sprinkling.” Back in the day, people believed in the cleaning and fertility effects of water. Around this time of the year, girls are considered flowers and symbols of fertility that need to be cared for. So during Easter, boys would politely ask girls if they can sprinkle them and if they get a yes, they pour a bucket of water on them. Then, the boy receives painted eggs as a gift from the girls.

France- Easter Omelette

Giant Easter omelette in France. Photo via rtl.lu

A popular Easter celebration in Bessières, France is the cooking of a giant omelette. Thousands of people gather together on Easter Sunday to watch a group of chefs prepare a giant omelette that takes about 15,000 eggs. Once it’s ready, the omelette is served as lunch to the spectators of the event.

***The recipe: 15 thousand eggs, salt, pepper, onions and garlic. Enjoy!***

Verges, Spain- Danza de la Muerte

La Dansa de Mort in Cataluña. Photo via Xavi Calzada.

The town of Verges, in Catalonia, Spain, celebrates Holy Thursday with La Dansa de la Mort (Death Dance). During the procession, men dress up as skeletons, reenact scenes of the passion of Christ and dance to the rhythm of the drums.

 

Latin America- Burning of Judas

Judas burning in Latin America. Photo via Alamy.

In the majority of countries in Latin America, many of the Easter celebrations are linked to the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In addition to the different processions were civilians reenact biblical events, countries such as Mexico and Brazil practice the Burning of Judas Iscariot (the disciple that betrayed Jesus). Then, during Holy Week people build models of a Judas and burn them in the public squares or plazas.

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Written by: Laura Molina