Unique Easter traditions from around the world Kids News Article

Easter will be celebrated on April 17, 2022. (Elf-Moondance/CC-BY-SA-2.0/Pixabay)

Easter, which will be observed on April 17, 2022, is the oldest and most important of all Christian festivals. Many adults observe the holiday, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, attending special religious services and fasting for 40 days before the event. For American children, the holidays are mostly about egg hunts, parades and Easter bunnies. But not all countries follow these traditions. Here are a few unique celebrations that you might be tempted to adopt.

Australia

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of chocolate bilbies is donated to save endangered animals. (Nicole Kearney,/CC BY-SA 4.0/ v Wikimedia Commons)

In Australia, chocolate bunnies have been replaced by adorable chocolate bilbies. In addition to being delicious, candies also have a charitable goal. Chocolate manufacturers donate a percentage of their sales to conservation efforts to save endangered long snout marsupialswhose population was decimated by wildcats and foxes.

Rose-Marie Dusting, a nine-year-old girl from Queensland, Australia, first raised sensitization animals’ critical situation in 1968 with a story called “Billy the Aussie Easter Bilby”. the heart touching tale gained national attention after being published as a children’s book eleven years later. In 1991, the Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia launched a campaign to replace bunnies with bilbies during the holidays. The rest, as they say, is history.

Bermuda

Bermuda residents fly large, colorful kites on Good Friday. (Bermuda Tourism/Facebook)

For Residents of Bermuda, Good Friday means a visit to church, flying unique kites and eating hot rolls and cod cakes. The kite tradition is believed to have been started by a Sunday school teacher. Struggling to explain the ascent of Jesus Christ to his students, he spear a kite with the effigy of Christ, and an amusement ritual was born. Made from colorful tissue paper, metal, wood and string, kites come in all sizes and often feature delicious patterns. The custom of the hot cross bun comes from the British, while the cod cakes have become the food of choice to avoid meat during Lent.

Antigua, Guatemala

In the days leading up to Good Friday, the streets of Antigua, Guatemala are decorated with colorful rugs called alfombras. the temporary The rugs, which range from biblical scenes to popular football teams, are mostly made from brightly colored hand-dyed sawdust. They are often superimposed with fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Florence, Italy

In Florence, Italy, Easter is a explosive opportunity. On Easter Sunday morning, a 30 feet high (9 meters) antique chariot, filled with fireworks, is escorted through the city to Florence Cathedral by 150 soldiers, musicians and people in 15th century costume. The Archbishop of Florence sets off the colorful fireworks display during Easter Mass by lighting a fuse connected to the cart. The fun tradition, known as Scoppio del Carro, or “cart explosion”, is believed to ensure good harvest next year.

Resources: ABCnews.com, Scholastic.com, Wanderlust.com, NPR.com