Easter: Different habits around the world

Easter is coming soon, so just have a look at some differences between Easter and Pasqua.

EASTER

Some theologists affirm that Easter existed before Christ arrived, as a matter of fact the word Easter result from Eostre, the divinity of spring of Anglo-Saxon. Easter for English people marks the end of Lent, winter, and a period of a rebirth. So a period of happiness starts.

Just like other places in the word, children in England have fun at Easter. Here a curious tradition:

Kids roll eggs down the street or a garden  until the shell broke. The eggs can also roll down a hill. Moreover, they compete for some cakes and sweets with battles between kids. 

PASQUA

In Italy for the Catholic Church, “Pasqua” marks a moment of glory because Christ revives from death after a long period of Lent and sufferance.  Families usually go to the Sunday mass and have lunch together with parents or friends. For kids  it is a beautiful day because they open chocolate eggs and eat a lot of chocolate cakes and sweets. However, I believe nowadays “Pasqua” is not a followed festival  because our traditions are dissipating. Fortunately, many habits don’t have a specific religious meaning, but they are seen as a moment to enjoy a Spring break: for example, having a pic-nic or bbq with friends, now that the sun is shining again (at least here in Italy).

All in all, between Easter in the UK and Italian Pasqua there are only a few differences.

And what about your country? Live a comment down here!

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Easter: Different habits around the world

  1. The Easter I celebrate is very similar to both of the celebrations you described, but a mix. It is celebrating the resurrection of Christ and a new beginning. I went to mass on Easter Sunday with my family and we sang many songs, listened to psalms, and prayed for others. I had a really fun time going easter egg hunting with my family and even gave two big eggs to a little boy I didn’t know! I think Easter can be a joyful, fun, and exciting celebration for everyone, wether or not it is to celebrate a resurrection or the end of winter.

    Happy Spring, Allegra

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    • Thank you Allegra! It was wonderful to read about your Easter habits, and realizing they are not so different from ours. All the best
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