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Happy Easter!

Easter – for many people the time between Good Friday and Easter Monday is not just extra time off work, it is also the first long weekend in spring and often the first holiday in the year.
Whatever the reason, the Easter weekend offers a great opportunity to spend time with our families. We have compiled a few fun, interesting facts about how people celebrate Easter around the world.

Buona Pasqua!
In Italy, Easter, or “Pasqua” as it is called there, is celebrated rather quietly, by taking time to reflect and eat good food. People traditionally eat savory food such as Torta di Pasquetta, a pie made with boiled eggs and spinach. It is often followed by Colomba di Pasqua, an “Easter Dove”, which is a type of Italian bundt cake.
 
A REAL FESTIVAL

In Mexico, Easter is a big celebration – it is like a carnival that lasts for almost two weeks. The streets are decorated with garlands, there is music everywhere and people dance exuberantly. Only Good Friday is quiet and contemplative. In the morning, people recreate the crucifixion, followed by processions through the country’s towns and villages in the afternoon.

With drums and trumpets
According to old Scandinavian belief, witches take flight between Good Friday and Easter in Finland. The so-called Easter Witches have long become a symbol of Easter. On the Sunday before Easter children go from house to house carrying willow twigs decorated with feathers to ask for sweets or small change. Easter Sunday is very noisy, as the country’s children wander the streets with drums and horns to end the period of mourning.

EASTER PROMISES TRUE LOVE


In Sweden Easter is yellow. Here it is the Easter Chick, and not the Easter Bunny, that brings the eggs. Houses and flats are decorated with birch leaves, a reference to the beginning of spring. An old superstition says that Easter is the time to find your true love. Women who want to win someone’s heart should visit a spring secretly at night to draw the Easter water. According to tradition, if they manage to sprinkle the object of their affection with the water while they are asleep, and without them noticing, then nothing can stand in the way of their mutual happiness.
The Easter Bunny is not welcome down under
People are often surprised when they visit Australia over Easter. Supermarket shelves are filled with chocolate bilbies, a native marsupial, rather than rabbits. Why? Rabbits and hares are not popular in Australia. When they were introduced to the country they multiplied rapidly and have become a plague.

SOUGHT AND FOUND

In Germany the most popular tradition is hunting for Easter eggs. Children enjoy searching for eggs in their gardens or homes on Easter Sunday – or in nests that hold small presents. And in some places breakfast involves a little competition: People hit the pointed ends of two hard boiled eggs against each other. The contestant whose egg doesn’t break is the winner. The game has different names in different regions. One such name is ‘Ostereierditschen’ – which means ‘Easter egg tapping’.


Some things are the same everywhere
Almost every Easter celebration around the world involves Easter eggs, the Easter Bunny, carrots and chicks. However, decorations don’t have to be traditional. We have picked out a few nice decorative ideas for you. Our extra tip: Sweet stickers and washi tape are a great way to make eggs even prettier.

HAPPY EASTER!

Regardless where you are celebrating and what you will eat, we wish you all a Happy Easter and a relaxing break.