It’s wonderful to see how different countries celebrate Easter. Share yours with us and we will update this post until we cover all the different Easter rituals.
Did you know eggs are are a traditional symbol of fertility?
Easter Egg – Ukraine
Pysanka (Easter egg) museum – Ukraine
World’s biggest easter egg – Rumania
Easter eggs in front of Zagreb cathedral – Croatia
Blessing of meat
This tradition is very important in central and eastern European countries. People go to church with baskets full of meat, eggs and bread. All the food is blessed by the priest before it is eaten later.
Blessing of the Meat – Stadtkirche – Austria
This is the biggest festival of the year in Antigua, Guatemala. As the author of the panorama says: “Families and communities work together for hours and hours to make sawdust carpets.” When the procession walks over the carpet it is destroyed.
Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala: Admiring a Sawdust Carpet at La Merced
There are different kinds of processions depending on the holy day and on the purpose. It is a traditional Catholic expression of Jesus Christ’s passion on the streets.
Preparations for the Good Friday procession, Elche 2013 – Spain
Prayer in the Orchard, Elche Easter 2012 – Spain
Meeting, Elche Easter 2012 – Spain
Procession along Dubrovnik streets on Good Friday 2013 – Croatia
Waiting for a Procession during Holy Week in Antigua – Guatemala
Easter Sunday Procession With The Risen Christ Birgu 2009 – Malta
It said that the rabbit is a pre-Christian symbol of fertility and that it symbolizes the beginning of spring.
Hot Bunnies – Switzerland
This German tradition consists of decorating fountains with Easter eggs. It’s a pity, but the decoration only remains for two weeks after Easter.
Riedlhuette Easter Fountain – Germany
Schechingen Easter, Bavaria – Germany
Typically from Northwestern Europe, this celebration is a lit of a bonfire during Easter. It can be a secular or a religious ritual.
Eastercelebration in Dalen – Netherlands
One of the Calder Valley’s (England) most popular folk attractions is the annual Pace Egg Play. Its origins are now lost in the mists of time, but it continues delight generation after generation with a delightfully haphazard mix of performance, audience interaction and comedy. In many towns the tradition has died out, but it’s still performed in the upper valley at Hepstonstall, Midgely and Mytholmroyd…
Performing the Pace Egg play at Heptonstall, Good Friday 2014 – England