For foreign travellers or expatriates, it is always very interesting to observe or participate in the celebrations of your country of destination or adoption in order to better understand its culture. … For Easter what do other countries do? It’s time to discover customs around the world!
Apart from chocolates, what do we eat at Easter?
In Italy we will taste a good brioche called “Colomba” while in Spain and Portugal we will eat a “Mona”, a kind of cake on which some like to put eggs before cooking.
Roasted lamb is often the dish chosen for Easter, but in England it will be preferred ham, a symbol of luck for the English.
In Russia,it’s a full festive meal: lamb with butter, Kulich (saffron cake and rum) and Paskha (made with white cheese) are part of the game.
And in Greece,the tables will be decorated with “Tsoureki”, a beautiful braided brioche and often topped with hard-boiled eggs whose shell is painted red. The Greek Passover is particularly important with sometimes monumental processions as in the city of Corfu which welcomes more tourists often Greek than during the busiest months of August.
How do we celebrate Easter in the world?
In Greece, during the meal, everyone will try to break the egg painted red of his neighbor with 3 fingers.
In Finland and Sweden,locals mix Easter and Halloween, as children will ring from house to house to receive sweets and chocolates, disguised as “Virpominen” (Easter witches).
On the Polishside, there is the “Smigus Dyngus” (wet Monday). Water is a symbol of life, so you water yourself with friends and family to purify yourself.
In the United States,it is the famous Easter Bunny, the Easter bunny that will bring chocolates to children (and adults…). On Mondays, a large egg hunt is held at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Australia uses Easter to raise awareness
And in Australia,it’s not the bells, the chickens, or the rabbits that bring the chocolate eggs but the Bilbis! A small marsupial present in much of the country. Unfortunately endangered,Australians wanted to raise awareness about this by changing the traditional rabbit. A portion of the profits from the sales goes to Bilbis protection programs.
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