Easter Customs Around the World

Since we have recently celebrated Easter I thought of writing about some easter customs around the world. Not everyone goes hunting for eggs on Easter Sunday. In every country the people celebrate Easter in their own way.

Let’s start with Spain. On Holy Thursday in the Medieval town of Verges, Spain, the traditional “death dance” is performed. To reenact scenes from The Passion, everyone dresses in scary skeleton customs and carries boxes of ashes. The dance starts during  midnight and lasts for 3 hours.

Another strange Easter custom takes place in Haux, France, where in the central square of the village a giant omelette with 4.500 eggs is prepared to feed over 1.000 people.  The story goes that when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelettes. Napoleon liked his so much, that he ordered the people of the town to make a giant omelette for his army the next day.

In India, Christians celebrate Easter with festivities, complete with street perfomances, songs, and dances. People exchange chocolates, flowers, and colorful lanterns as gifts.

In the island of Corfu, people throw pots, pans, and other earthenware out of windows, since the tradition marks the beginning of spring.

Many Latin American countries such as Brazil, and certain regions of Spain, participate in “The Burning of Judas”. Residents make an effigy of Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, and burn it in a central location. Sometimes, people make the effigy explode with fireworks too.

These are a few of the Easter customs around the world. Write to us in the comment section if you know more customs about Easter. You can also write what you do to celebrate Easter.


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