Enjoy an exotic Easter break flying homemade kites on the beach and eating codfish cakes for breakfast with your hot cross buns!
These are some of the Easter traditions that continue to endure on this tiny tropical island located off the east coast of the USA. The tradition of flying kites is said to have begun when a teacher visiting the island was struggling to explain the story of Christ’s ascension to heaven to his Sunday school pupils. He decided to make a kite using string, colourful tissue, wood and long tails to illustrate his point.
In certain regions of North-western Europe, including Germany, Denmark and Austria, it’s common to see many big bonfires being lit over the Easter weekend. Originally a pagan tradition - the fire was thought to chase away the last dregs of winter darkness and ensure a bountiful harvest - it was later adopted by Christians, becoming the Easter Fire.
For literature enthusiasts, Norway has one of the most interesting Easter traditions of all. It is at this time of year that many across the country escape to their homes or mountain retreats to read crime novels, or some prefer to watch murder mystery dramas on TV. In fact, there is even a name for it - Paskekrim or “Easter-Crime”. The tradition typically runs from Good Friday through to the Tuesday after Easter Monday. This is a perfect chance to get away with a fellow book-addict and indulge in some guilt-free quiet time in the comfort and warmth of a mountain lodge.
Easter in Sweden is a mostly secular holiday celebrated with relatives at home or at their holiday cottage, eating meals of pickled herring, eggs and a type of casserole known as Jansson’s Temptation, which consists of anchovies, potato and onion baked in cream. It’s traditionally served to guests before they leave to ensure that they have something warm inside them for their cold journey home. Another interesting tradition is that children up and down the country dress up as Easter witches and go door-to-door in their local neighbourhood in the hope of exchanging their drawings and paintings for sweets.
“Frohe Ostern!” (Happy Easter!) from the home of chocolate bunnies. Germans have been producing chocolate bunnies for over 200 years - so if there’s one thing they know how to do well it’s confectionery! With many open air markets across the country you can watch chocolate makers handcraft eggs and edible decorations. It’s definitely worth the short flight over to see true artisans doing what they do best. Another fun German Easter tradition is the hanging of brightly coloured decorated eggs from trees in the weeks leading up to the Easter holiday, it's called the Easter Tree.
And finally, the UK is not without its quirky traditions. Ever heard of swimming in a freezing cold stream on Easter Sunday morning to ease your rheumatism? No, neither had we!
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