Festivals: Easter: Easter Customs


Easter Traditions And Customs

Interesting traditions and customs are associated with Easter. On Easter Monday (Monday after Easter), the life begins early as boys and men set out on a whipping trip through the village, whipping the legs of all the girls and women they can find. Girls and women of course have to prepare or run away to escape the predicament. Late risers get the worst. Little boys whip while singing Easter carols and asking for the Easter eggs. Another popular custom is to throw the girl and cold water, which is known as 'Easter dousing'. These two customs are said to chase away bad spirits and illness away from the girl. In England, Morris dancers dressed in white shirts and red sashes and wearing small bells around their wrists and ankles perform on Easter. At the Eucharist in the churches, bread and wine representing body and blood of Christ is eaten. In many countries, hot cross buns are eaten on Easter.

In Mexico, papier-maché images of the traitor Judas of all sizes are suspended over the streets or poles on Easter Sunday. They are filled with fireworks and lit at the appropriate moment and then there is much rejoicing. Children often make 'The Eye of God' by weaving brightly colored wools across sticks ties together as a cross in a diamond pattern. Egyptians use hard-boiled, painted eggs to play skittles at Easter. Swedish girls go around houses dressed as witches with a coffee pot to collect sweets and coins, while people try to frighten them off as bad luck by letting off firecrackers in the streets. Spanish people use beautifully decorated floats to depict the story of Easter. In Murcia, the table of the last supper is set with real food. On Easter Sunday 26 men carry the table around the town and then eat the food. Madrid's procession is silent while in Valencia and Hellin, village boys beat about eight to ten thousand drums between Holy Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

The most famous and magnificent processions can be seen in Serville, which are organized by Corfradias or Brotherhoods. In Greek churches, the Priest lights a candle, which is used to light the candles of his neighbors until all the candles are lit. There are fireworks and after the service the lighted candles are carried home. Hungarian girls wear as many petticoats as they can to go to church while boys sprinkle them with water as they come out of the church. Swiss people roll eggs down the mountains. Here, fathers whistle on attract Easter hare in the morning so that he comes to the house lay eggs secretly in the baskets for the children to find. On Easter Monday, the biggest egg rolling ceremony in the world can be witnessed in the lawn of the Whitehouse in Washington, America. French stop ringing their Church bells from the evening of Holy Thursday as a mourning of Jesus's death. On Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Christ cause Church bells to ring once again with jolly celebrations, hugs and kisses.