How Do They Celebrate Easter in Other Parts of the World?
St.Patrick’s Day is almost here, which means that Easter is right around the corner. Although this is a religious holiday, we’ve commercialized it like we do everything else. Will you be painting eggs with your kids this year, or even hiding candy through the yard? I thought I might take a look at some Easter traditions from around the world.
Although they don’t do it much anymore, in Ireland they would hold a funeral for a herring, signifying the end of Lent for Catholics. These days they stick to spring cleaning, getting a haircut and a new wardrobe. Yes, really. In Britain there’s something called ‘egg tapping’ where players hit each other’s egg and the one that breaks last wins. In Germany, there’s an ‘egg dance.’ This involves placing the eggs on the ground and dancing around them without breaking them.
While the Easter Bunny has a bit of a presence in various countries, he tends to be more popular here in America. Also in these United States there is a tradition of rolling eggs down the White House lawn, possibly to symbolize the trajectory of our economy.
Lest we forget, it is a holy day. We just like to incorporate chocolate into everything.
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