Weird Easter Traditions, Celebrations Around The World (PHOTOS)

 
on April 07 2012 9:46 AM
  • Slovak youths dressed in traditional costumes whip a girl using sticks
    Slovak youths dressed in traditional costumes whip a girl using sticks made from willow trees as part of traditional Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, 145 km (90 miles) north of Bratislava April 25, 2011. Girls are doused with water and whipped in a custom believed to ensure a woman's fertility and beauty.Radovan Stoklasa / Reuters
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    Happy Easter! Reuters
  • Greeks paint their Easter eggs red
    FORMER GREEK PRESIDENT COSTIS STEPHANOPOULOS BREAKS RED EASTER EGGS IN UROSEVAC.(A file picture taken in 2011)
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Christians celebrate Easter as a day to commemorate Christ's resurrection while in certain other cultures it is a day to welcome spring.

The moveable feast of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon which happens on or after March 21, following the northern hemisphere's Spring Equinox.

The celebrations all over the world normally include attending the mass and making Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, chocolates and buns. But there are also strange Easter traditions and weird customs followed during the celebrations in some countries.

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Slovak youths dressed in traditional costumes whip a girl using sticks made from willow trees as part of traditional Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, 145 km (90 miles) north of Bratislava April 25, 2011. Girls are doused with water and whipped in a custom believed to ensure a woman's fertility and beauty. Radovan Stoklasa / Reuters

Czech Republic and Slovakia: In both the countries, women can expect to get whipping. As a part of the Easter tradition, men beat girls and women with decorated handmade whips. However, the whipping is not intended to be painful. It is believed that whipping on the Easter day makes women more healthy and beautiful.

Finland: In Finland, the Easter celebrations have a Halloween look as the children dress up as witches with broomsticks hanged around their necks. They wander in the streets in search of treats. It is believed that during the festival, witches become more powerful and bonfires are made to scare them off.

Australia: Usually, all over the world it is the Easter Bunny that brings in the chocolates and hides the eggs, but in Australia it is an Easter Bilby that brings the eggs. One reason behind this interesting change is to create awareness on bilby which is an endangered species in Australia and another reason is a dislike towards the bunnies which destroy the crops. On Easter, chocolate bilbies will be made.

Colombia: Colombians have strange dinner menu for the Easter day. Instead of chocolates and eggs, they dine on iguana, turtles and big rodents for the feast.

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Giant Easter bunny greets visitors to Britzer Garten amusement park on Good Friday in Berlin. Thomas Peter / Reuters

Germany: In other countries Easter eggs are hidden and children go for egg hunting but in Germany Easter eggs instead are displayed on trees and prominently in  streets. Some of the trees will have thousands of multi color eggs hanged on them.

Greece: Easter is known for multicolor-decorated eggs, but in Greece you will find only red color eggs. Greeks paint all their eggs only red and use these for making the Easter bread.

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FORMER GREEK PRESIDENT COSTIS STEPHANOPOULOS BREAKS RED EASTER EGGS IN UROSEVAC.(A file picture taken in 2011)

Hungary: Hungarian women get a water splash on Easter day, as per the tradition. The men pour water on traditionally dressed women on the Easter day.

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Men throw water to the woman as part of traditional Easter celebrations, in Holloko. Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

Polish Traditions: The master of the house is not permitted to take part in the Easter bread preparation, because it is believed that dough will fall on his moustache making it go grey and the dough will fail. They also believe that swallowing a willow catkin from a branch consecrated by a priest would bring health. 

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