Easter season is just around the corner, which means it's time for egg decorating contests, Easter egg hunts, and grandma's favorite recipes! While the majority of the nation is busy prepping their Easter baskets and stocking up on their favorite treats, the rest of the world is preparing for this holiday a little bit differently. Let's take a look at how other countries spend their Easter and some famous traditions around the world!
Bermuda starts celebrating Easter the Friday before the big day with a festival known as Good Friday KiteFest, where hundreds of thousands of people show off their homemade, brightly decorated kites! On Easter Sunday, people continue the festivities by attending sunrise services all across the island's beaches.
Antigua has a unique way of welcoming in the Easter season. The people of Guatemala cover their streets in decorative and colorful carpets throughout the week until Good Friday. Artists from all over make these beautiful carpets from flowers, colored sawdust, vegetables, and relay stories of Mayan traditions and Guatemalan history.
Water fights on Easter? Yes please! The Polish sure know how to have a fun-filled Easter bash! Each year, Poland celebrates "Wet Monday," where people are allowed to roam the streets and pour water on one another. Water buckets, squirt guns, water balloons, anything goes! According to Polish legend, any girl who gets soaked during Easter Monday is said to be wed within the year!
One of the most spectacular Easter traditions originated in Italy over 350 years ago, Scoppio del Carro, which literally translates to, "the explosion of the cart." A beautiful cart is paraded throughout town by people dressed in 15th-century costumes. The cart is decked with several fireworks and is brought to a halt in front of the Duomo, after which the Archbishop of Florence lights the cart during Easter mass to spark an amazing fireworks display. This tradition ensures good luck for the harvest!
What if we could spend Easter like it was Halloween? Well, that's exactly how Finnish children ring in the Easter season: dressed like witches and collecting chocolate eggs. In addition to this, in some parts of Finland, bonfires are lit. This Nordic custom is said to ward off any witches nearby prior to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
How do you celebrate Easter?