When you really think about it Easter is one of the strangest holidays there is. Huge bunnies, pastel colors and wasting hundreds of hard-boiled eggs.
Growing up in London, in a Catholic household, the religious significance of Easter was always celebrated. Good Friday meant church and fish and Easter Sunday meant a big meal and family…and sometimes church again.
But what I loved about this time of the year was the sweets that came with it.
If I’d been good and stuck to my vow of giving up chocolate over Lent I’d be rewarded with an abundance of it on Easter Sunday.
The UK has some of the best Easter treats. (No bias here of course).
Huge chocolate eggs packed with candy, eggs filled with creamy fondant, chocolate nests….I’m drooling just thinking about it!
And then there are the hot cross buns. A sweet, slightly spicy bun, made with raisins, with an X on top - perfect with butter and tea!
Every country has their own Easter food and customs and some are stranger than others.
Here are some cultural Easter traditions that might surprise you:
We all know the Easter bunny brings in the chocolates and hides the eggs right? Not in Australia. Many people prefer to celebrate with the Easter bilby instead. A bilby is a small rodent with large ears and is an endangered species in Australia. Plus there’s not a lot of love for bunnies down under as they destroy crops and habitats.
Don’t expect to find ham, eggs or chocolate on the menu if you’re ever in Columbia over Easter. They prefer to dine on iguana, turtles and big rodents for the holiday feast. Nice.
Czech Republic and Slovakia:
Not so nice if you’re a women in these countries. As a part of the holiday tradition men beat girls and women with decorated handmade whips. However, the whipping is not intended to be painful. It’s believed that whipping on Easter day makes women more healthy and beautiful. Oh, well that’s ok then.
Women get a raw deal in Hungary too it seems. Hungarian women get soaked with water on Easter day. In this tradition, called ‘sprinkling’, the men pour water on traditionally dressed women and is a ritual associated with fertility and cleansing rites left over from pagan times.
I’ll stick to stuffing my face with chocolate thanks
How do you celebrate Easter in your family? Are you sick of the candy-obsessed holiday already?
I’d love to know, so please leave a comment...
Culture-vulture, passionate event planner, devoted wife and mother of two. Oh yes...and a witty Brit who loves palm trees and planning parties!!!.