7 Fascinating Easter Traditions

Easter is an important celebration in many countries around the world and whilst many celebrations have strayed somewhat from their true Christian meanings (they’re often related to pagan festivals found in ancient Germany), it still remains a time of year which brings people together and reminds us of our heritage and traditions. One of the most common customs around the world is the giving of Easter eggs, which in pagan tradition was associated with new life and in Christianity, is symbolic of Jesus’ resurrection.

Read on for 7 fascinating Easter traditions from around the world…

Photo by Giftpundits.com on Pexels.com

Corfu, Greece

On Easter Saturday, old pots, pans, and earthenware (often filled with water) are thrown out the window onto the streets of Corfu. There’s two school of thoughts as to where this tradition actually comes from. Some believe that it took inspiration from the people of Venice who throw out their old possessions on New Year’s Day, whilst others favour the idea that throwing the pots welcomes in Spring – symbolising that new crops will be gathered in the new pots.

Washington DC, USA

On Easter Monday, the First Lady (the President’s Wife) runs an annual Easter Egg roll on the South lawn of the White House. The tradition dates all the way back to 1878 when Rutherford B Hayes was President. Whilst the event consists of so many activities including musical acts, egg hunts, sports, and crafts, the main activity involves rolling a coloured hard-boiled egg with a large spoon across the Lawn – the first to reach the other side wins!

Photo by Ramaz Bluashvili on Pexels.com

Mexico

Depending on which region you visit in Mexico, there are a variety of Easter Celebrations taking place in the week leading up to Easter and the week following it. One such tradition is the Burning of the Judases in which people make giant Papier-Mache Judases and blow them up with fireworks. In Taxco, there are even re-enactments of Holy Week! However, some regions do prefer quieter celebrations, such as silent processions through the centre of town.

Florence, Italy

Scoppio del Carro (‘explosion of the cart’) is a local tradition in Florence dating back 350 years. The custom is believed to date back to the very first Crusade and is supposed to represent a good harvest for the following year. A cart is packed with fireworks and led through the Florence streets by people dressed in colourful and vibrant 15th Century costumes before coming to a stop outside the Duomo. It’s then the responsibility of the Archbishop of Florence to light a fuse during the Easter mass which leads outside to the loaded cart and begins a fascinating fireworks display.

Poland

Wet Monday (“Śmigus-dyngus” in Polish) is an Easter Monday tradition across Poland. Boys will traditionally try to drench girls with water and switch their legs with pussy willows (on Tuesday its time for the girls to get their revenge!). At its core is the pagan tradition of pouring water and switching oneself with willows to cleanse, purify, increase fertility, and make things right with the god of nature “Dingen”. The day also commemorates Poland’s conversion to Christianity in 966A.D. and the baptism of Prince Mieszko. Legend also states that girls who get soaked on Wet Monday will marry within the year!

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem is the city in which it is believed Jesus was crucified, and so across the Easter period there are multiple traditions and events which take place to mark such an important act. Christians celebrate Good Friday by walking the very same path Jesus was believed to have walked on the day He was crucified. Some will choose to carry a cross with them in remembrance. On Easter Sunday, some pilgrims will attend church services at the Garden Tomb (the area Jesus was believed to be buried in).

Photo by Michael Morse on Pexels.com

Peterlee, UK

Egg Jarping is a competition to see who’s boiled egg is the hardest – simply by hitting them against each other until one cracks. Whilst it’s practiced all over the world, the home of the global championships is Peterlee in County Durham. Held for the last 30 years on Easter Weekend (often Easter Sunday), strict rules apply and judges are used to decide the final. The winner receives a trophy, certificate – and of course, bragging rights.

Have you heard of any of these Easter traditions before? Let us know in the comments below!

Have a very Happy Easter,

Charley x

Published by Charley

Hi! My name is Charley and welcome to my little travel blog! After visitng South Africa in 2016, I caught the travel bug and have since been to 20 countries, ranging from New Zealand to Ukraine! Undaunted Adventure is a travel blog full of tips, tricks and my favourite memories. Hopefully they'll give you some inspiration to travel and to give you some hints of where to go! Roam Free - Travel Undaunted.

12 thoughts on “7 Fascinating Easter Traditions

  1. I’m always intrigued by traditions, the history of them and how they’ve over the years morphed into what they are today. I, therefore, enjoyed this post.
    Here’s something I remember from growing up in my little corner of the Caribbean. We often got new and fancy church wear for Easter Sunday service. It was almost like a fashion show!

    Like

  2. I only knew about the Easter tradition at the White House so it was fun learning about traditions in other parts of the world! In Denmark there aren’t any big traditions, but it’s common to have Easter lunch with your family. Also many people have today (Maundy Thursday) through Easter Monday off from work.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love reading about traditions! I never heard of most of them except the Egg roll in Washington. WHere my dad is from in Sicily, they do reenact the days before, the death and resurrection. Thank you for sharing x

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: