Easter Holiday Traditions Around the World

Easter Holiday Traditions Around the World

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Do you know Easter Holiday? If you live in Europe or a country with catholic traditions, you probably celebrate it every year. But, what do you know about it? How do you celebrate Easter Season in your country? Do you know the Easter Holiday traditions of different countries?

With our Easter Holiday blog post, we will tell you many facts about Easter, when is Easter 2019, as well as Easter Sunday 2019. You will know why are Easter eggs a tradition? And where did the idea of the Easter Bunny come from? Keep with our VocApp blog post to read all about Easter Traditions around the world.

What is Easter?

Do you wonder what is Pascha? Well, it is the Greek and Latin name for Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday. Easter is a festival and holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

It happens after his crucifixion by the Romans. The week before Easter is called “Holy Week” in Christian tradition. In this costume, christians celebrate different important days, like Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Wednesday.

In 2019, Easter Holiday happens on  April 21st, but this tradition started long ago. Easter Holiday began with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. From that moment on, many traditions were created  to celebrate the moment in Christian culture and commemorate the life and death of the most important figure of Christianity.

Easter Season: Christian and Non-Christian Celebrations

The traditions of Easter, as well as the days that commemorate it, change according to the Christian habits of different regions. For example, in Western Christianity, Easter Season begins on Easter Sunday and lasts 7 weeks, ending at Pentecost Sunday. However, in Eastern Christianity tradition, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends in the Feast of the Ascension.

In the Western Christianity traditions of Easter Holiday, before Easter Season is the Lent, time when people should do penitence and fasting. It starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days, without counting Sundays. As for Eastern Christianity celebrations, it needs a spiritual preparation with the Great Lent, that starts on Clean Monday and lasts 40 days, including Sundays. It comes to an end with Lazarus Saturday, followed by Palm Sunday, Holy Week and finally Easter itself.

In many countries, Easter Monday is a public holiday, including countries like Australia, Belgium, France, Greece, Poland and Syria.

It is true that the Easter Season is a religious celebration, but its practices and customs have changed with the years. Nowadays, many non-Christian countries participate in the celebrations, with activities like egg hunting and Easter parades.

Easter Bunny and other traditions

Do you want to know where did the idea of the Easter bunny come from? Well, the Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, with the image if a rabbit that brings Easter eggs. It originated from German Lutherans tales and was supposed to decide if children were good or disobedient around Easter Season.

As for Easter eggs tradition, it started religiously, because they are a christian symbol of new life and rebirth and represent Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

And now, to talk about Easter Holiday traditions around the world, we saw that different countries celebrate differently. Some countries have religious customs and others have non-Christian ones. But what do they do during the Season of Pascha?

In the USA, for example, people follow the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs, and give baskets of candy. There is even the annual egg roll on the White House for children.

In Portugal, a catholic tradition of Easter is to join the family, open the doors of the house and receive the blessing of the Holy Cross. In that moment, a blessing is read and the house is sanctified, as well as the family. After that, the family gets together to eat and chat, and it is usual for grandparents and godparents to give money or presents to children.

Each country celebrates differently Easter traditions, but it is overall a symbol of family, unity and simplicity, a time for reflection and sentiment.

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Written by Bárbara Marques

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