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Easter egg celebrations around the world

Easter traditions around the world

Easter is finally here, hurray!

But did you know that this special weekend celebrated in various ways across different cultures and countries around the world? They usually reflect local customs, religious beliefs, and historical influences.

Here are some interesting Easter traditions from different parts of the world.

United Kingdom

In the UK, many of us will be familiar with popular celebrations like egg rolling, where decorated hard-boiled eggs are rolled down a hill, and the exchange of chocolate Easter eggs and gifts. Hot cross buns, a spiced sweet bun with a cross on top, are also traditionally eaten on Good Friday.

United States

Easter egg hunts are a popular tradition where children search for hidden eggs filled with candies or toys. The White House hosts an annual Easter Egg Roll on its lawn. Additionally, many Americans attend church services and gather with family for a festive meal.


Germans celebrate Easter with the tradition of Osterbaum, or Easter tree, where branches are decorated with coloured eggs. Easter bonfires are also lit on Holy Saturday in some regions.


In Italy, there are religious processions and celebrations, especially in cities like Rome and Florence. One of the most famous events is the "Scoppio del Carro" or Explosion of the Cart in Florence, where a cart filled with fireworks is set off in front of the Duomo.


Greek Orthodox Easter, known as Pascha, is celebrated with great solemnity and includes many religious rituals. One of the most notable customs is the midnight Resurrection service, followed by a feast with traditional foods like lamb and tsoureki (a sweet bread).


Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is observed with elaborate processions featuring floats carrying religious statues through the streets. These processions are particularly significant in cities like Seville and Granada.


In Poland, Easter traditions include Święconka, the blessing of Easter baskets filled with symbolic foods like eggs, bread, and sausage. On Easter Monday, known as Śmigus-Dyngus, there's a playful tradition of boys sprinkling water on girls and vice versa.


In Sweden, children dress up as Easter witches and go door to door, exchanging drawings and paintings for candy. This tradition is similar to Halloween in other countries.


Australians often celebrate Easter with outdoor activities like camping, barbecues, and beach trips due to the holiday coinciding with the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.


In Brazil, Easter is celebrated with religious processions, church services, and festive meals with family and friends. Chocolate eggs are also a popular Easter treat, with elaborate chocolate displays in stores.

These are just a few examples of Easter traditions from around the world, showcasing the diverse ways in which the holiday is celebrated across different cultures and regions.

We hope you have a truly magical weekend, whatever you decide to do!