Two more week and Christians around the world celebrate Easter and the rebirth of nature. Easter is one of our favorite holidays as it features so many different and interesting traditions. Different countries, different cultures and different ways of celebrating Easter. Check out 5 of the funniest Easter traditions around the world.
Easter Tradition in Poland
One of the most interesting Easter traditions is the Polish one involving water. What is it about? The pouring water on others Easter tradition is called “Smingus-Dyngus”. On Easter Monday boys try to drench as many people as they can, using buckets of water. Legend says that the girls who get soaked on Easter day will get married within a year.
Easter Tradition in Norway
Believe it or not, Easter represents for Norwegians a kind of Halloween because all Norwegians start to read crime novels. The Easter tradition is so well established that Norwegian publishers actually come out with special “Easter Thrillers” known as Paaskekrimmen. The tradition seems to have started in 1923 as a marketing scheme of a book publisher and it goes on to this day.
Easter Tradition in Spain
It seems that Spanish people also love to transform Easter in some kind of European Halloween celebration. On Holy Thursday in the town of Verges, they usually do the “”dansa de la mort”, “death dance” in English. They reenact scenes from The Passion so everybody gets dressed as a skeleton and parades through the streets. This Easter tradition begins at midnight and continues for three hours until the first glimpses of morning.
Easter Tradition in Finland
Believe it or not, Easter is a time for… begging in Finland. One of the most interesting Easter traditions from around the world, we were thrilled and curious to find out that Finish children go begging in the streets with sooty faces and scarves around their heads, carrying broomsticks, coffeepots and bunches of willow twigs.
Easter Tradition in France
If you’re planning to spend your Easter holiday in Haux, a Southern town in France, then you better not forget your fork. The Easter tradition in this French town is cooking a huge, huge omelet on Easter Monday in the town’s main square. The omelet uses more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people.
Which Easter tradition would you like to be part of?
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