How different countries celebrate Easter
Easter is a gret holiday for all Christians and the traditions of its celebration have been created through centuries.
And every nation celebrates it uniquely. And so, let us find out how Easter is celebrated in every country.
Easter in France
In France the bells do not ring starting from Chare Thursday till Holy Saturday in order to mourn the death of Christ. Only on Easter Sunday the bells ring again spreading the joy of the Resurrection.
When the French people hear the bells on Easter Sunday they hug and kiss each other. The bell is the main symbol of Easter. That day its ring can be heard everywhere as it symbolizes life and jolity.
Family feast is organized with traditional prays and presents. The main festal dish is roast chicken. For the dessert shortcakes with chocolate filling are served. The French people prepare chocolate eggs and hide them from children. Children throw eggs into the air. The one whose egg falls down on the floor first, loses. In some regions of France children wait for a carriage harnessed with 4 white horses which is filled with Easter eggs.
Easter in Brazil
The majority of the population of Brasil are Catholics for whom Easter is the greatest and honored religious holiday.
In Brasil chocolate eggs wrapped in glossy festive packs with a toy inside are presented that day. They appear in sale immediately after the start of the Lent.
The festive table is decorated with sweet cross buns stuffed with small pieces of fruits the forms of which look like a cross.
It is better to take care of the respective shopping in advance since it is practically impossible to get them on the eve of Holy Sunday.
Easter in Finland
In Finland cinemas enjoy great popularity during Easter holidays especially if there is a movie for the whole family in the programme. With the coming of Easter the whole evil is considered conquerd and exorcised and they say that even the Sun dances because of joy and for this reason the tradition of meeting the Sunrise is related with celebtration of Easter. The traditional Easter treatment in Finland includes cross buns, Easter and rye pudding - Mämmi. Children particularly love chocolate eggs and chocolate Easter rabbits.
One more tradition is starting up big fires on Good Friday and the next Saturday. By tradition the smoke from the fire should disperse all dark and sinister forces in order they do not hinder meeting glad tidings of joy.
Easter in Greece
Greece is an orthodox christian country. Easter eggs are colored there and are kept till Saturday evening. For the evening mass faithful people bring burning white candles. At midnight all the candles are blown out. The candle which continues burning symbolizes the resurrection of Christ. The burning light means life which people pass from one candle to the other.
For the easter meal tradition soup made of mutton giblets- magaritsa is served which is cooked in advance on Saturday.
Retsina is uncorked which is the first wine of the last year harvest. Big meals and picnics are organized in the lap of nature, lambs are roasted on fire.
In Thessaloniki the city hall organizes free treatment both for local people and foreign guests: wine, meat and red Easter eggs with sweet pita are served.
Easter in Germany
Nobody should work in Germany neither on Friday nor on Saturday. A big Easter fire is organized in different populated localities of Germany Saturday evening. It is the symbol of the end of winter and burning of all bad feelings. Every family passes the morning of Easter Sunday having breakfast together. On the eve parents hide baskets full of sweets, Easter eggs and small gifts. Children search for them in the whole house and it is a very funny part of the holiday. In the second part of Easter Sunday families go to their friends' and relatives' houses to congratulate them on Easter as well.
In Germany also in different regions various dishes are prepared, for
example, in Schleswig-Holstein baked fish and desserts in form of a cross are
prepared. People in Bavaria adore lamb with asparagus and mutton dishes.
Practically all German people prepare Easter pies which are baked in a long form.
Easter in Italy
On Easter Sunday thousand of people get together in the main square of Rome in order to hear Pope's congratulation. For Easter the main dish is lamb with roast thistles, salad made of sweet pepper, olives and tomatoes, salty pie with eggs and cheese. Also Colomba di Pasque should be served which is like our paskha but with a more lemon flavor. It is often topped with almonds and almond icing. The Italians usually go on picnics with neighbors and family friends the day following Easter.
Easter in Spain
The main Easter dish of this
country is torrikhas (torrijas). It is homemade bread well impregnated with milk and wine, then fried in big amount of oil on each side.
Torrikhas used to be a snack to beer or wine. As it is known it is banned to use meat during the Lent and for this reason the value of each piece of this bread is particularly highlighted.
Easter pie called Hornazo is also very popular in Spain baked in the form of a chicken.
Easter walk is popular in Spain during which boys wear simple palm branches, and girls -speacially adorned sweets and the priest should bless these children.
The most scary action takes place in Verges (Girona): The dance of skeletons is popular there and the city men wear frightening costumes and scare passers-by.
Mexico. Incineration of Judah
The festivities last 14 days in Mexico! The local Easter customs can amaze many tourists. For example, on Great Saturday it is a tradition to incinerate the effigy of Judah. Sometimes these effigies look like someone from the Mexican politicians.
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