The beginning of spring is one of the most invigorating moments of the year – we see everything waking back to like and bringing hope of a new beginning. People have come up with various ways of celebrating both spring and Easter, an important religious holiday for a vast part of the world’s population. eCORRECTOR has gathered TOP 4 traditions developed to mark the coming of spring and Easter.
The Easter bunny is one of the most recognisable symbols of the period. However, one country refuses to market it and opts for…a rabbit-eared bandicoot. Australians consider rabbits as pests, while chocolate products with the adorable bilby are gaining funds for the protection of endangered animals.
Another interesting ritual comes from the Greek island, Corfu. On Holy Saturday, people throw away their pans, pots and other utensils, smashing them on the streets. The symbolic aspect is related to agriculture – new crops have to be gathered in new pots, using old ones would be a sign of disrespect.
One of the customs in Florence dates back to the First Crusade! Scoppio del Carro, which regards a decorated cart with fireworks being lit during the Easter mass, is to ensure good harvest for local farmers. With people dressed in 15th century clothes, it must be a one-of-a-kind event!
Poland has an even older tradition, dating back to the 10th century and baptism of Prince Mieszko. Initially, boys tried to drench other people – especially girls they liked – with buckets of water. It was believed that it is a good marital omen for a girl to get completely soaked on Easter Monday. Nowadays, it is a pastime for entire families, turning into a competition on who pours water on others first. A similar custom is cultivated in Hungary, but they often switch from water to perfume or cologne and ask for a kiss. Hungarians believe than liquid poured on others on Easter Monday has a healing and fertility-inducing effect.
The above traditions are only a small percentage of the global cultural heritage related to spring and Easter. We encourage you to share your favourite ones with us.