Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the lilies, the tulips and the daffodils. It’s a time of new suits, new dresses and new footwear. It is a day for great rejoicing and merry-making. Feasts are given, sweets exchanged and processions taken out on this occasion. It is a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and coloured eggs.
Easter in the USA
Easter in the USA is celebrated in many differeny ways by many different religions. Mostly it is celebrated with traditional church services and family festive celebrations. On Easter Sunday in New York and other cities, large street parades are held and people show off their new clothes and Easter bonnets. The parade is often led by someone carrying a candle or a cross.There is also a tradition in organising Easter Egg Rolls every year at The White House.
The Duggar family (the largest american family) develop the Easter customs with songs, paintings, cookies, the resurrection's story and new memories. They are an example for other families!
But there are also other ways of celebrating Easter around the world:
Easter egg hunts take place in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, India, and the Philippines, where parents hide eggs and sweets – usually outdoors – for their children to find.
The Easter bonnet parade is a tradition shared by Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Australian kids go around school and up and down the streets wearing hats decorated with bunny ears, chicken designs and Easter eggs. British children often make wide-brimmed hats decorated with spring flowers, while "the bigger, the better" describes bonnets worn by American kids.
|A little girl at an egg hunt|
The Easter bunny (actually a hare in Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as opposed to a rabbit in the United States, Canada, and Australia) is known for delivering sweet treats to young children, so it's no surprise that Easter baskets often feature a chocolate bunny. In France, however, it's not the Easter bunny that children have to thank.It's the Easter bells, back from Rome, that are responsible for sending the chocolates everywhere.
Religious Easter traditions
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Christians throughout the world celebrate Easter with special church services and prayers, Most homes will have a special get-together with family and close friends. Families in India may keep a small box or earthen pot as a place to put money aside regularly as an offering. On Easter Day, some families donate this sum to the local church, an orphanage, or people in need.
Easter foodsWherever Easter is observed, the favourite celebratory food is chocolate. In Spain, people celebrating Easter enjoy beautiful chocolate sculptures that can come in the form of a princess castle or pirate boat.
Spain is steeped in many Easter food traditions – including one that could really hurt! In the northeast, people bake a special pastry with a whole egg inside (shell and all), then break it on top of people's heads.
Baked Easter goods are popular all over the globe. In the United Kingdom and Australia, hot cross buns filled with dried fruits and spices with a cross on top, symbolizing the crucifixion, are eaten on Good Friday. In Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Simnel cake is the traditional Easter pastry; it's been around since the Middle Ages. It is a rich fruit cake with 11 marzipan balls on the top. These balls represent the 12 apostles minus Judas.
Many Easter traditions around the world are related to the idea of new life and springtime. Of all the symbols, one of the most recognizable is the egg, symbol of new life and fertility.
Easter in Romania
While for some ,Easter is a festive celebration of spring and new life, for many it is an important religious and spiritual celebration of Christ’s victory over death. The power of Jesus’ resurrection makes man incorruptible and new. It makes him strong and transforms him into a spiritual being. With the spiritual power one is able to recognize His footsteps as, “He comes, comes, ever comes,” (Tagore).