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Easter Around the World

Let's take a hop around the world to see how different cultures celebrate Easter!

Alexa Boyle '20, Staff Writer

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Easter came very quick this year beginning with this past weekend as Palm Sunday and is
soon bringing in weekend commemorations with Good Friday. While thinking of my family
traditions for this holiday i began to wonder what others do around the world. After a little
searching through the HuffPost i found out a lot of interesting traditions. For starters although
ours always falls on a Sunday, in many places it is actually on a Monday.
Now clearly Catholics and Protestants begin to gather in churches across the globe to
commemorate the resurrection of Christ. But, people everywhere also are celebrating in their
own ways by eating chocolate bunnies, going on Easter egg hunts and flying kites. Around the
world, different cultures, countries, communities, and sects have their own to celebrations for
Easter and I wanted to share these traditions with you.

BERMUDA​ has its beautiful vacation
spots and gorgeous beaches. I envy the
people who get to wake up to this
beautiful island everyday. Bermudians
celebrate Good Friday by flying
home-made kites, eating codfish cakes,
and eating hot cross buns. This tradition
begun when a local teacher from the
British Army had difficulty explaining
Christ’s ascension to Heaven to his
Sunday school class. He decided to
make a kite,shaped like a cross, to
illustrate the Ascension. This idea stuck
as a tradition with yearly kites made

with colorful tissue paper, long tails, wood, metal, and string.

NORWAY​: Norwegians have a
different take on the season, its
known as the “Easter-Crime” or
Paaskekrim. At this time of year,
many around the country read
mystery books or watch the televised
crime detective series on national
television. Kids enjoy listening to the
spooky crime stories and even go on

little trips. Many families escape to the mountains for the vacation week beginning the Friday
before Palm Sunday and ending the Tuesday after Easter Monday. During this time they are
usually in ski cabin in the mountains, playing Yahtzee.

EUROPE​: In parts of
Northwestern Europe (i.e The
Netherlands and United
Kingdom) people have large
bonfires, called Easter Fires.
They lite them on Easter
Sunday and Monday. The
origin of the Easter Fires,
comes from a Saxon tale. The
tale talks about how Easter is a
time when spring becomes
victorious over winter and the
fires chase the darkness of winter away. Today, however, the meaning of the fires is simply to
bring communities together.

SWEDEN​: Here they have a
very secular holiday in the
Lutheran country of Sweden,
Easter is celebrated with meals
of eggs, herring, and Jansson’s
Temptation (potato, onion and
pickled sardines baked in
cream). But, they have a
interesting tradition, in the
days leading up to Easter
Sunday, children dress up as
Easter witches, wearing old
and distressed clothes. Also,
children travel for home to home in their neighborhoods, trading paintings and drawings for
sweets.

I found the mysterious and halloween like approach from Norway and Sweden the most
interesting. So which tradition is most interesting to you?

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