Posted March 15, 2018
Many people around the world celebrate Easter, the ancient springtime holiday, with a visit to church and memorable family traditions -- but just what kind of “traditions” are really going on out there? You might be surprised, delighted, and even shocked by some of the ancient traditions that Easter-lovers around the world partake in. (Hint: it’s not all about biting the ears off a chocolate bunny.) Maybe you’ll even want to adopt some of these traditions for your own Easter fun this year.
Un-egg-spected: We dye them, we eat them, we hide them, we seek them - we love our delicate eggy symbols of new life, but can we get away with actually hurling them as far as we can across a field -- all in the name of Easter tradition? In one German town the answer is Yes! Or what about offering dyed Easter eggs as a way of saying thank you to someone who has just spanked you with a decorated willow branch or doused you with water? Yup, that’s an ancient Easter tradition celebrated in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Such traditions may be messy, painful, or wet – but they’re certainly memorable and might be just the thing you’ve been looking for to spice up a ho-hum Easter gathering.
Easter Feasting: Sharing food and desserts is a popular Easter tradition, but maybe you’re over the whole ham and jellybeans scene. Perhaps you’ll want to do your feasting like many Jamaicans who love their “Bun and Cheese” at Easter, sharing spiced buns filled with raisins and served with slices of cheese with friends and coworkers. Or maybe you’d prefer to nibble on a giant slab of butter, a time-honored tradition in Poland and the Midwest where the butter is carefully sculpted into the shape of a Butter Lamb then consumed at the Easter dinner table. These might not be the traditional Easter foods you grew up with -- but it’s tradition, and it’s fun, and it all counts. Which brings us to …
Fun and Games: Who’s up for exploding dove-shaped rockets landing in a cart of fireworks for an enormous Easter pyrotechnic display? If this Florence, Italy, tradition sounds a bit too fiery for your taste maybe you’d prefer spending your Easter feverishly solving “Whodunnits” and murder mysteries as is the tradition in Norway. An Easter day in Bermuda finds the skies filled with colorful wind-swept art for a day of kite-flying. Or maybe you’ll just want to celebrate Easter with a good old-fashioned bonfire and small sticks of dynamite to light up the night as is the tradition in Greece.
Are you getting into the spirit here? Yes, Easter is about celebration and tradition, but there are plenty more options out there besides waiting for the Easter Bunny to deliver pastel chocolates and plastic eggs in your basket. And, hey, if you’re not quite ready for Easter explosions or water fights, you can still shake things up a bit with less-dangerous-but-still-unique Easter treats like sending your loved ones a Big Tin of Cheesy Cheddar or Klassic Kettle popcorn, or by tucking adorable Teeny Tins filled with Caramel Bliss or Better Butter into your sweeties’ Easter Baskets.
Traditions exist because they’re special and fun. We wish you all an interesting and delicious Happy Easter!
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