Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner. For many, this means spending the long weekend with friends and family, going on Easter egg hunts, and indulging in some chocolate eggs.
Easter is a very popular holiday celebrated across the world by different cultures, with lots of unique traditions and ways of celebrating.
We’ve put together some facts about what other countries and regions around the world get up to during the Easter holiday.
Read on to learn more so you can share these fun facts with your little one or engage in an activity themed around the different traditions.
In Bermuda, families and friends get together on Good Friday to build and create their very own kites using colourful paper and wooden sticks. They then head outside or visit the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach annual Kite Festival to set them off into the sky and watch as they soar making the infamous humming sound.
They also celebrate by making codfish meals and enjoy some English hot cross buns!
On Easter Monday, in a village called Bessières in France, thousands of people gather to cook a massive Easter omelette. This giant omelette is created using more than 15,000 eggs and over 40 volunteer cooks. The omelette takes around 30 to 40 minutes to cook and is then enjoyed by many people attending the festivities. Very impressive!
Each year, Antigua a city in southern Guatemala hosts the largest Easter celebration in the world. Part of this celebration includes the impressive creation of bright and colourful carpets called ‘alfombras’ that are displayed all across the streets of Guatemala.
The carpets are made from dyed sawdust and prepared weeks in advance. The different carpet designs depict subjects that are important to each artist such as Mayan traditions, mother nature and Guatemalan history.
In Bulgaria, there is a unique tradition where people take an egg and tap it against another one. The belief is that the person who has the last unbroken egg will have a year of good luck!
Each year, The President of the Unites States hosts an Easter Egg Roll. This involves families and children rolling coloured boiled eggs with a large wooden spoon across the South Lawn of the White House. This event dates back to 1878 and is filled with a variety of fun activities such as story times and games.
On Easter Sunday people gather in the centre of Florence to celebrate the Scoppio del Carro meaning “Explosion of the Cart” a custom that has been celebrated for hundreds of years. This fantastic display involves an antique cart which is filled with fireworks and decorated with white oxen adorned with flowers and garland. Locals and visitors from across the world gather to watch the mesmerising display.
There are so many other traditions across the world that we haven’t covered in this blog, if you and your family have a particular tradition that you’d like to tell us about please send us an email via [email protected] or speak to us on social media @grandiruk – we’d love to hear about it!
Why not switch up Easter time with your family this year and try a new tradition or activity with your little one. Perhaps, something inspired by the traditions above.
However you celebrate your Easter, we wish all of our families and staff members the very best during the holiday.
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