Easter Around the World
Around the world people have different customs of celebrating Easter. Easter season lasts several weeks, until Pentecost. Read the story of the resurrection and then try some of these activities.
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- In Australia and parts of Europe, children play an egg knocking game. Two people hold eggs and knock the eggs against each other. They try to break the other person’s egg without breaking their own. Winners continue on with new partners until only one person has an unbroken egg.
- In Brazil and Germany people perform a passion play about the crucifixion and resurrection.
- In Crete people bake Paschal bread. These are round loaves with flower shapes in the dough. Paschal comes from the Greek word, Pasca, which means Passover. Easter is when Jesus became the paschal lamb to fulfill the Old Testament Passover
- Ethiopians wear white clothes, called abesha libs. White shows the purity of Jesus and that our sins are forgiven.
- In Europe children play egg bowling. They color all but one egg. They place the white egg in the center of a circle, or area. Then they take turns rolling colored eggs to see who can roll their egg closest to the white one.
- Easter in Latin America is a very quiet day with no church services.
- In Mexico people have a parade every day of Holy Week. On Good Friday they have a sad parade while it is still dark. They walk to slow music and sad songs.
- In Sweden many people write Easter letters and try to slip them under a door or in a mailbox without being seen.
What do you and your family do for Easter? We’d love to hear about your traditions. Comment on our blog/website or on Facebook. Let’s get to know each other!
By: Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) has a new book: Nature Girl: A Guide to Caring for God’s Earth. This is her seventeenth book and will provide lots of hands on fun and information for girls to become earth BFFs.