Want to do something a bit different this Easter holiday? Why not be inspired by some of these traditions that are anything but boring!
In Hungary on Easter Monday there’s a tradition called “locsolkodás” which involves boys and men reciting a poem to women and girls and then “sprinkling” them with perfume. In extreme cases this can also be achieved with a bucket of cold water! Originally it was young women of marriage-age who would be the victims but now the act (which has links to earlier pagan fertility rituals) has expanded to women of all ages. Lucky ladies.
Large bonfires are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. While there are loads of explanations for the origin of the Easter Fires, the most common tale is that Easter is a time when spring becomes victorious over winter and the fires were to chase the darkness of winter away. Today, however, the meaning of the fires is simply to bring communities together. The nights are festive with heavy consumption of gin, lager, and snacks. We like the sound of this.
These guys get their money’s worth out of their kids Halloween costumes. In the days leading up to up to Easter Sunday, children dress up as Easter witches, wearing old and discarded clothes.
In Haiti, Holy Week is marked by colorful parades and traditional “rara” music played on bamboo trumpets, maracas, drums, even coffee cans.
Food and kite flying are top priorities over Easter in Bermuda. On Good Friday, locals across the island look to the skies to watch kids (big and small) fly their home-made kites. Aww, we like this one!
You have a Christmas tree – why not have an Easter tree? This tradition was started by a single family forty years ago. The Kraft family from Saalfeld, Germany started placing plastic eggs in a tree outside their house in 1965. The tradition has grown over the years from only a handful of plastic eggs to beautifully painted egg shells. This looks so cool.