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Easter traditions all over the world

BY JESICA SLABBERT - APRIL 15, 2017
Easter traditions all over the world

Its Easter weekend and families are getting ready for a time of togetherness and chocolate treats.

There are many different ways people from around the world celebrate Easter. Many Christians begin the celebration with an Easter Vigil the night before, sometimes called Holy Saturday. Church services on Sunday typically follow regular church service tradition with a sermon or songs concerning the Easter story. Some churches hold mass or other services at sunrise. 

The more common Easter tradition that is known all over the world include the Easter Egg Hunt.

In Italy you would find re-enactments of the Easter story from the bible taking place all over the public squares. In the country of Cyprus you can expect to see bonfires in school yards and churches to celebrate.

In Germany, similar to the tradition of putting on decoration on Christmas trees, Easter Eggs are hung up on trees called Easter Egg trees.

 In the Czech Republic and Slovakia they have a rather strange tradition that the males perform. The men of the family would lightly spank the women of the family with a homemade whip; the spanking is noted to be light-hearted, believed to be a way to bring good health to the family over the year.

Over in the United Kingdom there is a tradition where eggs are rolled downhill. In Jamaica a large part of their Easter celebrations is to eat a spiced bun that has raisins and cheese.

In Australia, instead of having a bunny representing Easter, as it is actually seen as a pest to the locals, the Australians have an Easter Bilby that delivers eggs to the children.

In France, the city of Haux makes a giant omelette so big it can feed over 1000 people. In Greece, Easter is an incredibly important holiday. Residents on the island of Corfu throw pots of water out of their windows; this is done to follow the Venetian tradition of breaking plates for a celebration. They also bakes cakes in the shape of doves, called kolompines.

So what traditions does your family take part in?