Easter Around the World: Giant Omelet, Bilby Instead Of Rabbit – Here’s How Other Countries Celebrate the Holiday

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In the US, Easter means church services, Easter egg hunts, and baskets full of candy. Nexter.org knows how other countries celebrate the holiday!

Washington D.C.

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The President hosts the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn on Easter Monday.

The tradition, believed to date back to the early 19th century, involves children rolling a colored hard-boiled egg with a large serving spoon.

Australia

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In 1991, Rabbit-Free Australia launched a campaign to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby, or rabbit-eared bandicoot. The reason for Australia’s hate for rabbits is that they are widely considered pests for destroying crops and land. Companies now make chocolate bilbies for Easter, with proceeds benefiting the endangered animals.

Finland

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Children in this Scandinavian country dress up like witches and go begging for chocolate eggs in the streets with made-up faces and scarves around their heads, carrying bunches of willow twigs decorated with feathers.

In some parts of Western Finland, people burn bonfires on Easter Sunday, a Nordic tradition stemming from the belief that the flames ward off witches who fly around on brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Poland

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Pouring water on one another is a Polish Easter tradition. On Easter Monday, boys try to drench other people with buckets of water, squirt guns or anything they can get their hands on.

Legend says girls who get soaked will marry within the year. The refreshing tradition has its origins in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966 AD.

France

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In the town of Haux, a giant omelet made with 4,500 eggs that feeds 1,000 people is served up in the town’s main square.

The story goes, when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelets. Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelet for his army the next day.

Greece

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The traditional of “Pot Throwing” takes place on the morning of Holy Saturday. People throw pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows, smashing them on the street.

Some say the custom of throwing of pots welcomes spring, symbolizing the new crops that will be gathered in new pots. Others say it derives from the Venetians, who on New Year’s Day used to throw out all of their old items.


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