All About Easter Traditions in the World

Created05.03.2024, 10.00
Updated27.03.2024, 16.56

Easter is a global holiday for Christians worldwide. The earliest recorded Easter practices are traced back to the 2nd century. At every Easter, Christians celebrate and commemorate fragments from Jesus' life. notably his Passion and Resurrection. Easter Sunday bears great significance since it symbolizes the day of Resurrection, marking the pinnacle of the holiday.

EasterFrom dyed eggs to chocolate treats to egg hunts, Easter customs center around these tasty delights and gatherings with loved ones worldwide. Our modern customs of collecting, dyeing, and sharing eggs trace back thousands of years.

As Christian communities engaged in egg hunts during springtime, they began using eggs as metaphors for Christ's resurrection. Eggs were dyed in colors symbolizing church themes. Yellow would represent resurrection, blue for love, and red for Christ's blood. Some eggs might even include biblical scenes, hiding them for children to discover and share the stories depicted.

Easter is also a familiar concept even to non-Christians. It is mostly because of major-hit TV shows that reflect certain aspects of life in America. In our day in the age of technology, American traditions are widely recognized globally via media. And because of that, most well-known Easter traditions originated from American customs. On the contrary, every Christian community celebrates Easter in their own way, in the light of a distinct manner.

When is Easter?

If you are wondering what day is Easter, you might want to check your calendars each year. Easter and its associated holidays are not fixed in the Gregorian or Julian calendars. Easter’s date is determined by a lunisolar calendar. It is similar to the Hebrew calendar. Despite efforts to establish a fixed date for Easter, no consensus has been reached among the Christian communities.

In the Western Christian tradition, Easter falls on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. It usually falls on a week after the spring equinox. The day following Easter, known as Easter Monday, is a recognized holiday in many Christian countries.

Eastern Orthodox Christians calculate the date of Orthodox Easter based on the Julian calendar. There is a thirteen-day gap between the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the reason why Easter in the Eastern tradition typically falls between April 4th and May 8th.

Easter Traditions in the World

Easter is embraced as a more religious, spiritual holiday in Europe. Meanwhile, it is a more social and collective tradition in the United States. In the Christian calendar, Easter follows the Lent season. Lent is a 40-day period (excluding Sundays) and begins with Ash Wednesday. The Lent is dedicated to penance and fasting and lasts from Ash Wednesday to Easter. The day of Lent is a time of reflection and fasting for many Christians. It is to commemorate Jesus' final days before his crucifixion and resurrection.

 Easter in EuropeContrary to US traditions, Easter in Europe remains a solemn affair. You may see fewer bunny decorations and more focus on prayer and reflection. The easter spirit captivates countries like Spain, Sweden, and Germany at the beginning of March. The season begins almost a month before Easter Sunday. The Easter vigil is originally observed between sunset on Easter Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday. It is often followed by an Easter mass after midnight.

Easter mass is a big deal across Europe, in countries such as Spain. Easter in Spain is a lively holiday season. It is celebrated with colorful events for children and families and religious rituals to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus.

Easter festivities in Spain begin on Palm Sunday with church ceremonies, processions, and the distribution of blessed palm leaves. It marks the start of Holy Week. Throughout Semana Santa, parades captivate streets across Spain. Particularly Málaga witnessed the most remarkable events, hosting some of the most dazzling Christian displays.

During the Easter mass, the wooden structures called Pasos are carried through the streets. In Málaga, ornate Pasos depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ are adorned with candles and flowers. The mass perfectly matches the colorful ambiance of Spain’s beautiful costas.

Easter festivities also are infused with local customs across the world. For example, the Easter Bunny is replaced with Easter Bilby in Australia. Australians use the holiday to celebrate an endangered Australian animal called a bilby which looks similar to a rabbit.

In Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway, and Finland the local culture reflects itself on Easter celebrations also. Norway has a unique Easter tradition where publishers release special editions of crime stories for the festival.

Meanwhile, a Halloween-like custom is widely embraced across Finland and Sweden. The children dress like Easter witches known as påskkärring by painting their faces and wearing headscarves. They roam their neighborhoods to collect Easter candy.

Easter traditionsEaster traditions often include tasty food, gathering around the table, and enjoying homemade dishes. In Russia, families prepare kulich, a sweet bread filled with raisins. The decorated eggs to exchange with loved ones is also a major thing along with the delightful treat called Pashka. Pashka is a cheese-based dessert shaped like a pyramid.

In the French cities of Haux and Bessières, Easter Monday brings together the community to prepare a giant omelet. Over 10,000 eggs would be cracked into a massive pan.

In Poland, families often gather to commemorate the holiday with a joyous Easter Sunday breakfast. The most tasty dish in the Polish Easter breakfast is the Babka. It is a traditional bread adorned with raisins and a delicate glaze.

The Easter festivities in Poland also include "Wet Monday". It is called Smigus-Dyngus in Polish. It is a centuries-old tradition observed throughout central and Eastern Europe. Participants engage in playful water drenching, typically dousing each other with water on Easter Monday.

At the same time in Italy, the Pope takes the lead in Easter festivities across Italy. The Pope conducts a grand mass on Good Friday at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Then, a spectacular crucifix is lifted into the night sky during the Easter mass in Italy.

Egg-related activities, or eggtivities in other words, are a big deal across Europe, extending to the United Kingdom. In numerous countries like Germany and Switzerland, Easter nests are often hidden to entertain both children and adults. These egg baskets would be hidden by none other than the Easter bunny itself. They go on a journey to discover them. Every basket would be filled with chocolate bunnies, easter eggs, candies, toys, and more.

Easter Spirit All Across the World

Each community commemorates this Christian holiday in its own way. Meanwhile, Easter also has transformed into a social event globally. Every Easter, families and friends gather around the dinner table and spend some quality time together. TEKCE wishes you and your loved ones a happy Easter holiday!


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