Easter traditions around the world

Traditional Easter eggs

Traditional Easter eggs ©Derbeth/Flick

Easter is one of the most important feasts of the year, and it is celebrated according to different traditions all over the world. The eggs, cakes, bread, lamb cannot miss from the tables. But Easter customs slightly differ depending on the country. If you consider traveling to other countries during this period of the year, you should know what to expect. It is important to mention that even the date of Easter different in the orthodox countries, such as Greece.

We would like to present you some interesting Easter traditions around the world.


Italian Easter bread

The Agnellino is a well roasted Italians are lamb that is an Easter specialty. It is served with artichokes and pepper. In some areas of Italy according to Easter traditions they serve crown shaped bread decorated with colored, egg-shaped. They also offer guests sacred eggs. Most of the time the eggs are kept in chicken or rabbit shaped breads.

Easter bread with colored eggs

Easter bread with colored eggs ©dprevite/Flick 

The Passbrood in Netherlands

The Dutch decorate the Easter table with eggs and flowers. They serve the traditional Paasbrood, which is a sweet bread stuffed with raisins.

The Easter bells in France

According to Greek Easter tradition the church bells are silent from Great Friday to Easter Sunday, which is a tribute to the sufferings of Jesus. It is said that during this time the bells go to Rome, then they return with with gifts, especially eggs. When the bells ring at Easter, the children run out into the street, to listen to their return. These days the form of the greeting they use is “Heureuses Paques” (Happy Easter!). The Easter Bunny is called Pierre LeBunnee.

The French bells are silent until Easter

The French bells are silent until Easter ©4nitsirk/Flick

Interesting Easter traditions in Sweden

The Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when they commemorate the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem. People bring willow branches to the church, and then they keep them in the house for a week to flower.

There are also very interesting superstitions during Easter. It is believed that the witches have special power in this period, especially the ones using dark magic. The day before Easter, the boys and girls dress like witches visiting the neighbors, they give them Easter greeting cards, and receive candy or money in return. In the west of the country it is an interesting Easter tradition that the letters are left under the door, so the sender remains unknown. The brightly colored boiled egg is an important part of the Swedish Easter.

Easter traditions in Germany

In Germany friends give various traditional painted eggs to each other. According to German Easter tradition eating greens on the Thursday before Easter brings good luck. On Easter evening they light fires on the hills.

Traditional Easter eggs

Traditional Easter eggs ©Derbeth/Flick

The long Easter holiday in Mexico

The Mexicans are mostly Catholics, and the Holy Week and Easter is a good time to spend the holiday, so it is good to know that the highways are full at this time of the year. In these two weeks the students don’t learn, the banks and institutions are closed, but most of the tourist offices continue their activity.

The Easter candles in Greece

According to Greek Easter tradition people leave the church holding lighted candles in their hands. It is believed that the light gives good luck if it lasts until home. In these days they eat a special Easter bread, “the bread of Jesus’. In the middle of the bread is a cross shape, and the edge is decorated with egg shapes. The Easter meal begins in the afternoon and lasts until late in the evening.

Different traditions in Eastern Europe

In the countries of Eastern Europe the egg-painting Easter tradition dates back until the Middle Ages.
In the Yugoslav countries they write “XV” on the eggs, which means “Valkrese Christos” (Christ is risen).
The Poles take the Easter food to church, where the priest blesses it, and they served it during the first Easter meal.
In Russia a special dessert is made that is called blini.Easter bred with coloured eggs ©dprevite

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