If you thought Easter was just about chocolate and bunnies, think again! Easter is a time of celebration around the world, and each country has its unique traditions.
From wicked witches to colourful kites, let's explore how different cultures celebrate this spring holiday!
(Psst...we have another blog post all about British Easter traditions. You can read it here.)
Let's start with Greece, where Easter is known as Pascha. One of the most interesting Greek traditions is the "pot throwing" ceremony that takes place on the island of Corfu.
Residents throw clay pots out of their windows and onto the streets below to mark the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Don't worry though - no one has ever been hurt by a flying pot!
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
Next, let's travel to the Czech Republic, where Easter is celebrated with the traditional whipping of women. Yes, you read that right!
Men create "pomlazka" a whip made of twigs, and then use them to gently hit the legs of women in their family and friends to ensure their health and fertility for the coming year. It's a strangely sweet way of wishing the women well.
In Bermuda, Good Friday is the time for a fun, family event known as "kite flying". Kite flying on Good Friday is believed to have originated from an old custom of using kites to symbolise the ascension of Christ.
Today, people of all ages fly homemade kites of all shapes and sizes on the beaches and parks of Bermuda, creating a colourful and festive atmosphere.
Now let's move on to Sweden, where they celebrate Easter with a tradition called "påskkärringar". On Easter Sunday, children dress up as witches and go door-to-door asking for sweets and treats, similar to Halloween in other countries.
The tradition comes from an old belief that witches would fly to a mountain in Germany to dance with Satan on the eve of Easter Sunday. But don't worry, these little witches aren't in league with the devil!
Lastly, we head to Poland, and a unique tradition known as "Śmigus-Dyngus" or Wet Monday.
On Easter Monday, people throw water at each other, either with buckets or squirt guns, as a way to purify themselves and prepare for the coming year. Just be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting wet!
These are just a few examples of the many fascinating Easter traditions from around the world. No matter where you are or what you celebrate, we hope you enjoy this holiday season!
If you're interested in learning more about different cultures and customs, and improving your English at the same time, consider joining our weekly English conversation club! We meet every Tuesday evening to chat about all sorts of fun topics, and you'll get to practice speaking and listening with other English learners from around the world.
Find out more or click here to join us:
Have a great Easter everyone! 🌺🐰😄