Easter Traditions Around the World
As final exam periods are underway for many schools, this Easter weekend might come as a great opportunity for students to take a little break from all the stress and studying. While you may be used to the rituals of delicious chocolate bunnies and colourful hard-boiled eggs, other countries have very different ways of celebrating Easter. Take a moment away from all the books and studying and learn about Easter traditions around the world.
On Easter Monday, Poland celebrates with lots of water! Smigus Dyngusis a Polish tradition where boys soak girls with buckets of water, sometimes even while they’re still in bed! Girls are able to bribe boys with Easter eggs in exchange for staying dry.
Brazilians celebrate by crafting dolls made up of straw and then destroying them on the street. The dolls are meant to represent Judas Iscariot – Jesus’ betrayer. In a similar fashion, countries that are predominantly Catholic, such as Mexico, Greece, and Spain also destroy representations of Judas during the Easter Holiday.
You won’t find the traditional Easter bunny in Australia during this time of the year. Australians use endangered species the Bilby to replace the Easter bunny. Australian environmentalists made this change years ago to raise awareness for all native endangered species.
Some villages in France prefer to celebrate Easter with a giant omelet shared amongst a thousand villagers. The omelet is made out of asparagus, artichokes, black pudding, lardons and over 4,000 eggs!
Being the home of the Vatican, it’s no surprise that Italy has some unique traditions. On Good Friday, flocks of people gather at Saint Peter’s Basilicia for the Pope’s mass. Immediately following mass, the Pope begins the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) where attendees carry torches.
If you find yourself in England during the Holy weekend, be sure to have proper dancing shoes. On Easter Sunday, a folk dance called the Morris dance is performed in parks and town squares everywhere in the country.
Guyanans celebrate the Easter holiday by flying kites. Everywhere in the country, skies are filled with colourful and creatively crafted kites.
If these Easter traditions interest you, why not experience them first-hand by studying abroad? Studying abroad is a great way to explore different cultures while putting credits toward your degree. Check out your school directory or school news for listings and educational articles on how you can apply for student exchange in a foreign country.