Easter is upon us, and for many this religious holiday is an important time for family and, of course, chocolate. But take a look around the world and you’ll find a mix of fun and strange Easter traditions. Water-fights, costumes and parades; this religious holiday has some fascinating cultural twists.
We take a look at five Easter traditions that caught our eye.
Seville, capital of the Andalusia region and recently voted #1 2018 travel destination by Lonely Planet, is already in the midst of Semana Santa de Sevilla, or ‘Holy Week in Seville’. It is one of the largest festivals for the city, with thousands watching the daily processions that depict the Easter story. The wooden sculptures that are the main feature of these processions are incredibly ornate, and regarded as important artistic masterpieces.
塞维利亚(Seville)是安达卢西亚地区（Andalusia）的首府，最近被Lonely Planet评为2018年榜首旅游目的地，塞维利亚已经在Semana Santa de Sevilla（或塞维利亚的圣周）之中。这是该市最大的节日之一，数千人观看描绘复活节故事的日常游行。这些游行的主要特点是木制雕塑，令人难以置信的华丽，并被视为重要的艺术杰作。
The Swedish definitely have an interesting take on the holiday. Rather than relying on the Easter Bunny, the children of Sweden dress up as witches, begging for chocolate in exchange for paintings and drawings.
The tradition is said to have come from the old belief that witches, flying from a German mountain on the Thursday before Good Friday, would need to be scared away with bonfires and fireworks. The result is a tradition which makes Easter seem almost like Halloween.
For the people of Poland, Easter is one big water-fight. Traditionally, Śmigus-dyngus (meaning ‘Wet Monday’) is a day where young men try and throw water over girls, who could try and save themselves by offering ransoms of painted eggs. However, modern celebrations have turned this into an all-in water-fight on Easter Monday. It is celebrated by Polish across the world, including America where it is known as Dyngus Day.
In the town of Haux, Easter eggs are traded for chicken eggs. 4,500 of them to be exact.
Every year the town gather together to make a giant omelette that can feed over 1,000 people. The strange tradition is said to have begun after Napoleon Bonaparte travelled through the town with his army. Whilst resting for the night, Napoleon was cooked an omelette for his dinner. Apparently the omelette was good, because it was ordered that all the town gather to make a giant one for his army the next day.
Walking the streets of Corfu on Easter could prove a major health hazard. On the morning of Holy Saturday the people of Corfu gather to throw pots out of their windows, smashing onto the streets below.
There’s two theories on where this tradition has come from. One that it welcomes spring, the other that it was derived from the Venetians who on New Years would, literally, throw out their old items. Wherever it comes from, witnessing the pots crashing from the tops of buildings is certainly a sight to behold.
Happy Travels, and have a great Easter!