EASTER TRADITIONS

Around the world, countries follow some basic Easter traditions, such as give cards, or the Christians that were baptized wear white robes during the Easter or Holy week, some churches make a walk with their churchgoers, led by a crucifix or an Easter candle. But the most common is decorate eggs on Easter.

Easter Traditions

Some other traditions from other countries are:

EASTER TRADITIONS IN AMERICA

In Brazil no one eats meat on Good Friday, and people make straw men that represents Judas, hang them on the street and beat them for betraying Christ, both of these traditions are also follow in Mexico.

Also another tradition followed in Mexico during Holy Week, its the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross), in which amateur performers play key roles on the biblical story of the last days of Christ, including his crucifixion. Another representation is the one of the Virgin Mary's pain on the Altar de Dolores (Altar of Sorrows).

On the United States there are some traditions also that are follow, for example in New Orleans its conducted the carnival known as Mardi Grass, also all over the country people attend masses and the kids play different games, being the most common the Easter Egg Roll. One more tradition follow on Easter Day in Bermudas, is to fly homemade kytes, which symbolize Christ's ascent.

EASTER TRADITIONS IN ASIA

On India, the few catholic families attend church services and families get together after, also is a tradition to keep small boxes and put money inside of them and give it as an offering to the churches or people in need.

The people on the Philippines celebrates with processions that starts at dawn: One is full of children dress up as angels, another procession is for men that follow an image of resurrected Christ, and in the last one women carry the image of a black-veil-clad Mother Mary. When all of the processions meet at the church, the angels remove the veil from Mary's face and the festivities can start.

EASTER TRADITIONS IN EUROPE

Back on the old days in Germany, parents and children used to try to surprise each other in bed strucking one to another with switches on Easter morning, also its very popular eat chocolate on the shape of a bunny.

In another old tradition in Russia, before the war period, people could go inside of the church and ring the bell, also people on the street would greet each other saying: "Christ is risen" and the other person would reply "He is risen indeed". Another tradition was to tap each other on the shoulder with a branch of Willow for good luck.

Some European countries have some traditional Easter dishes, for example on Northeast Spain, people bake a cake with an egg (even with the shell) inside and then break it on friend's heads. On United Kingdom the traditional pastries are a bum in the shape of a cross filled with dried fruits. The other one is the Simmel Cake (fruit cake with eleven marzipan balls on top that represent all the apostles but Judas).

In Poland, Holy Week starts on Thursday, on this day it is a tradition that the Bishops wash the feet of twelve elderly men, just like Christ did to his apostles during the Last Souper. On Good Friday masses are held in honor of Christ's crucifixion are celebrated while on Saturday happens the blessing of the "Swiecone", this is a basket that has eggs, salt, cake, sausage and bread. Finally on Sunday families get together at home.

In Greece, where Holy Week and Easter is very important, being Friday the most sacred day, people don't do any chores, and women and kids decorate the Bier of Christ (Epitaph) with flowers, and Christ's burial is reenacted. On Saturday, before midnight, people gather in the churches holding a white candle, which are light with the "Holy Light".

Some weird traditions also happen on Easter, for example people in some districts in France believe that eating eggs on Easter is bad luck. Also on Slovakia and the Czech Republic, men spank women using a special whip and throw water at them.

On Sweden, Easter is celebrated as the United Stated celebrates Halloween, kids dress up as witches, and look for candies everywhere, even go knocking door to door at the houses asking for them.

If you follow some Easter traditions or know some stories about Easter please share it with us.

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