Easter Customs

Wednesday, 23. March 2016

Easter Customs

Easter is the most important time in the Christian calendar. Many different customs around the world have developed around this festival.

Easter is a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter celebrations take place annually between March 22 and April 25. The death and resurrection of Jesus fell into a Passover week. Since the Jewish festival has a movable date, so the date of Easter changes every year. In the Western Church it always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring.

The connection to Passover is also still important in many European languages, where the Easter festival is named from a derivation of the Aramaic word pas-cha, which comes from Hebrew word Pesach.

Local Easter Traditions

Over the centuries, many Easter traditions have formed in different cultures. Here is a closer look at some of these practices:

In German-speaking countries and the Netherlands, children receive hidden colorful easter eggs and candy from the Easter Bunny.

In Greece, people eat Majiritsa, a soup made from lamb offal after the ecclesiastical ceremonies . In the evening, many Greek places celebrate with fireworks.

In some European countries, decorating Easter eggs, has grown into a magnificent art form. These countries include Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

In Mexico, popular festival is celebrated for two weeks long with music and dance. In addition, the streets are decorated with garlands. On Good Friday the city is quiet, with processions taking place. 

In many areas of the world, Easter food is blessed. During this time, traditional Easter dishes are blessed and then eaten with relish. In Austria these include Easter ham, horseradish and eggs, or the basics of the Easter meal. The blessing of the Easter meat has a long tradition that goes back at least to the 7th century. The meat blessed in Austria is considered a delicacy and mostly includes ham from the hind legs of the pig. However, not the meal can include many different cuts and types of pork. 

Today the Easter ham is not only made up of the cured classic, smoked and cooked ham, but has also branched out to slices of air dried cuts and fillets.