Easter Around the World: A Celebration to Share and Learn About Different Customs with Your Exchange Visitor.

Easter, a significant Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is celebrated in various ways across the globe. From ancient customs to modern traditions, each country infuses its unique cultural practices into this joyous and symbolic occasion. Let’s take a journey around the world to explore how Easter is celebrated in different countries: 

United States  

In the United States, Easter is a time for families to come together and celebrate with various traditions. Children participate in Easter egg hunts, where they search for hidden eggs filled with candies and treats. The White House Easter Egg Roll is a famous event held annually on the White House lawn, attracting visitors from all over the country. 

United Kingdom 

In the UK, Easter is marked by a range of customs, including decorating eggs, baking traditional Simnel cakes, and rolling eggs down hills. Hot cross buns, a spiced sweet bun marked with a cross, are a popular Easter treat enjoyed during this time. 


Greek Easter, known as “Pascha,” is one of the most important religious holidays in Greece. The week leading up to Easter is filled with various ceremonies and traditions, including dyeing eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ and enjoying a feast of roasted lamb and other traditional dishes on Easter Sunday. 


In Italy, Easter is a time of religious processions, elaborate feasts, and colorful celebrations. One of the most famous Easter events is the “Scoppio del Carro” (Explosion of the Cart) in Florence, where a cart filled with fireworks is ignited to bring good luck for the coming year. 


Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a significant observance leading to Easter in Spain. Intricate processions featuring religious statues and participants dressed in traditional attire move through the streets, accompanied by music and solemn rituals. 


In Poland, Easter traditions are rich in symbolism and folklore. Families prepare elaborate Easter baskets filled with food items such as bread, eggs, and sausages to be blessed at church on Holy Saturday. On Easter Monday, known as “Śmigus-Dyngus,” people playfully sprinkle each other with water as a symbol of cleansing and renewal. 


In Australia, Easter is celebrated with a mix of traditional customs and outdoor activities. Australians often enjoy barbecues, picnics, and beach outings during the long Easter weekend. The Easter Bilby, an alternative to the Easter Bunny, promotes awareness of native Australian wildlife. 


In Brazil, Easter is a festive and colorful celebration that blends religious observances with cultural traditions. Many cities host processions, concerts, and street performances during Holy Week, culminating in a grand Easter Sunday feast with family and friends. 

Easter is a time of renewal, reflection, and joy that transcends borders and unites people around the world in celebration. As we embrace the diversity of Easter traditions across different countries, let us cherish the richness of our global heritage and the shared values of faith, family, and community that this holiday embodies. 

How do you celebrate Easter in your country or culture? Share your favorite Easter traditions and customs with us: media@cetusa.org and let’s continue to celebrate the beauty of cultural diversity and unity during this special time of year. 

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