Easter is a Christian celebration, marking the time when Jesus died on the cross (Good Friday) and was resurrected three days later (Easter Monday). It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that Easter Sunday falls on a different date each year; this is decided based on the moon. Easter Sunday always falls on the Sunday after the full moon which falls on or as close as possible to the vernal (spring) equinox.
Being a traditionally Christian celebration, Easter is celebrated in various countries around the world. It would take too long to list the ways in which all the different countries celebrate, but here are some of the most interesting and unique traditions from around the world.
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Brazil is not widely known for its Easter celebrations, but it is home to a world famous Mardi Gras carnival. This falls on the day which other regions call Shrove Tuesday – otherwise known as Pancake Day, or the day before the beginning of Lent. Just like the tradition of eating pancakes, this carnival allows indulgence on the last day before 40 days of abstinence!
Naturally, the religious services are very important in the Greek Orthodox Church across the whole of Easter weekend. When at home, it’s common for the Greek people to eat predominantly lamb dishes for both breakfast and lunch (or dinner) on Easter Sunday – as well as some sweeter cake-like treats!
Easter is a popular celebration in Spain, where parades and processions through the streets play an important role. Sometimes, the processions can even involve carrying tables and food through the streets of the town, so that by the end everything is ready for people to enjoy a delicious Easter meal together as a community!
The UK is home to many of the Easter traditions that much of the Western world is familiar with, starting with Shrove Tuesday right before the start of Lent. On Easter Sunday, as well as attending church services, it is also traditional to exchange eggs made from chocolate and to enjoy a large roast meal.
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