Easter, also called Pascha in Greek and Latin or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday that celebrates the resurrection of the Christian messiah, and saviour Jesus Christ, 3 days after he was crucified on the cross by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.
It is celebrated post a 40 day period of mourning that culminates on Good Friday – the day of his death.
The Lent season that includes The Holy Week and Easter Sunday is surrounded by numerous traditions. The most common one is the Easter Bunny, colourful Easter eggs and Gift Baskets.
Here are a few unique and interesting traditions from around the world:
- Australians do not considered the Easter Bunny as a symbol because bunnies are considered pests that ruin crops and land. Instead, in Australia, Easter is celebrated with their native marsupial, the Bilby, which has large ears and a very pointy nose.
- Rooted by tradition since the year 996 when Polish Prince Mieszko got baptised on Easter Sunday, Poland celebrates the Monday after Easter by soaking people with buckets of water.
- In Greece, the morning of Holy Saturday is known as the annual “pot throwing” where residents throw pots out of windows. It is a tradition used to mark the beginning of spring and new crops being gathered in new pots.
- In Europe, the advent of winter also brings with it springs. Which is why, large bonfires called Easter Fires are lit on Easter Sunday into Monday. The Saxon origin is that the fires will chase away winter and Easter will bring spring.