For many people, Holy Week is synonymous with party days and processions. But throughout the world, Easter is celebrated in very different ways to how you can live, for example, in Spain. We are going to know some really unique Easter traditions.
Easter traditions in the world
This journey through the traditions of Holy Week takes us all over the planet. Many will get your attention because they are very different. Be that as it may, they are their customs and as such they have been maintained over time.
Painted eggs contest in RomaniaPainted eggs - Andrei_Badau
In this European country it is customary to celebrate Easter with the family around the table. Usually the menu includes a sour soup (ciorba), salads, pickles, roast lamb, sarmale and painted eggs.
The most entertaining tradition is “the battle of the eggs" This is a competition in which all the family and friends participate. At home compete two people who beat two hard boiled eggs against each other. The strongest shell egg is the one that wins and the loser must eat all the eggs the other has broken.
Another tradition is wash your face on Easter morning with the water in which the eggs were laid painted red next to a silver coin. And it is that silver symbolizes purity and red egg health.
Burn Judas in Brazil
In Brazilian lands, Holy Week is synonymous with processions. But one of the most curious traditions is to make straw dolls that symbolize Judas. Then they burn them in the street as a sign of the end of Lent.
Holy Week in Sweden
What children do in the Scandinavian country is to disguise themselves as witches. They paint their faces and go with a broom in their hands starting to knock on the doors of the neighbors to fill their bag of sweets and chocolates. It's very similar to what little Americans do on Halloween.
In Easter, Swedes decorate their homes with birch and willow branches. Then, they eat a buffet that includes a series of dishes that include potatoes, salmon, sausages, eggs or herring.
Trees with colored eggs in GermanyOsterlamm - Renate Dodell / Flickr.com
In the Central European country, Holy Week begins on Holy Thursday, where they only eat green foods. The most famous dish is the seven-herb soup, consisting of watercress, dandelions, parsley, chives, leek leaves, sorrel and spinach.
In the dessert there are chocolate eggs and a cake called Osterlamm, lamb-shaped with icing sugar sprinkled on top, which is a very popular dessert in Alsace.
Germans like to decorate their trees with colored eggs. They are Easter trees that adorn gardens and streets announcing the arrival of spring.
El Salvador and the devils
In El Salvador, specifically in the town of Tesistepeque, there is a tradition that follows the oldest Catholic rites. The "talcigüines" are devils that roam the streets hitting all the spectators in their path, being a symbol of a struggle that Jesus leads against temptation.
Blood Easter in the PhilippinesJervis Salvador / Flickr.com
It is usually celebrated through processions in its streets and with the Sinaluko. In these processions there are devotees that what they do is scourge and crucify himself in this way to share the pain that Christ felt on the cross. These images always appear in the news in Holy Week and are a classic for their spectacularity.
«The great gift of Easter is hope; the Christian hope that makes us have that trust in God, in his final triumph, and in his goodness and love that nothing can break.
Bonfires and Mämmi In finlandMämmi - zxc6789 / Flickr.com
In Finland they believe that evil spirits walk freely on Saturday before Holy Week. For this reason they light fires and like to disguise themselves as witches.
In the case of Sunday, Children usually go to search for chocolate eggs, at the same time that their parents and other family members have hidden them in different places of the house.
By last, Another tradition of Finland is to eat sweets called Mämmi. It is a dessert that usually takes many hours to make and should be cooled three days before serving with milk, cream or sugar.
As you can see, Easter traditions are lived in different ways, each adapted to the place where it is celebrated. Which one do you prefer?