World customs and curiosities of Easter celebration
Numerous customs are associated with colorful Easter eggs. Easter eggs symbolize fertility and new life, but also the arrival of spring. Colored eggs have been found in ancient tombs. The tradition of coloring among the Iranian peoples has lasted for about 2,500,000 years. During Easter, the Easter Bunny, which lays colorful eggs, is most often shown. And this depiction is a symbol of fertility although it is not mentioned in the Bible. Over time, it became a trademark of Easter. The church, out of pagan customs, also accepted the lighting of fire on Easter. In some parts, bonfires are built that are lit on Easter night. Customs and ways of celebration differ in many countries around the world. Painting eggs for the Easter holidays is a tradition passed down through the generations. First, one red egg is painted. It is the egg of the “Guardian” and is kept until the next Easter. Somewhere housewives paint a red egg on Thursdays at dawn as soon as the sun rises. The other eggs are then painted on Fridays. However, there are people who believe that nothing should be done on Fridays, especially not to boil something. That is why eggs are painted on the Saturday before Easter.
- In Hungary, boys pour water on girls in the morning after Easter.
- The Netherlands – fires are lit at dusk in the eastern part of the Netherlands.
- Germany- In the vicinity of the German city of Magdeburg, boys were beaten on the buttocks to expel bad behavior.
- In Spain, the end of Holy Week is marked by the burning of the figure of Judas
- In North America, the most famous custom is “colorful egg hunting”. Parents hide colorful eggs while children look for hidden eggs the next day. The children believe that the rabbit left colorful eggs with gifts the night before.
- In Bulgaria and Romania, on Holy Saturday, flour, salt, yeast and colorful eggs are put on the windows, from which bread is later kneaded.
- Murders are being solved in Norway – there are detective films on TV. Magazines publish crime stories. Stories of unsolved murders are even imprinted on the milk cartons.