Easter is celebrated all around the world. Several different traditions are associated with this holiday. In America, this is one of the holiest days and we celebrate Jesus, along with Easter baskets, eggs, and bunnies. Most Christians spend the morning in church services, and with family. Several dramas and plays about the life of Jesus are re-enacted during this time.
In Bermuda, people fly home-made kites on Good Friday. This tradition was started by a teacher in the British army who used a home-made kite in the shape of a cross as a visual to show Christ's ascension to heaven. Other popular traditions include eating codfish cakes and hot cross buns, which are buns with the image of a cross placed on top.
Norway celebrate what they call 'Easter-Crime' or Paaskekrim. The holiday is spent reading mysteries or watching crime shows. Other families spend the week vacationing in the mountains.
Europeans light large bonfires on Easter Sunday to represent the arrival of spring and the end of winter. Communities gather together in festivity around the fire.
In Sweden, Easter is celebrated differently than other cultures. Children dress up as Easter witches and go door to door trading art for candy and other sweets.
Haiti traditions are a mix of Catholic and Voodoo. Easter week is filled with parades and music. Some sacrifice animals to the spirits during the holiday.
Australians hold the Christian tradition and spend Good Friday in mourning. On Easter Sunday, churches are filled with flowers. Instead of the bunny, the native Bilby is used and said to 'deliver' chocolate eggs to the children. In Sydney, the Royal Easter Show is the largest event held annually. It is a festival of Australian heritage, and livestock and produce exhibits from locals.
In India holiday week is filled with religious festivals and church services. They bake Easter cakes and host several carnivals.
Germans eat fish delicacies on Good Friday. Mass prayer is held beginning Saturday evening and lasts until Sunday morning. Families have lunch together, color eggs, and bake lamb shaped cakes. Germany is the birthplace of the Easter bunny and the Easter tree. Carnivals, also called Fasching, are held and people wear huge paper heads or masks. Some take a walk or ride in memory of the final walk of Jesus. After the holidays, Christmas trees are burned in designated places to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring.
Mexican traditions are a mix of Christian and Indian influence. There are several passion plays, and palms are woven and later hung on doors to scare off evil spirits. Some sculpt an image of Judas and fill it with firecrackers and set it on fire. This used to be a traditional event, but became outlawed when several people died and is now only celebrated in rural areas.
Italians celebrate Easter by giving family members eggs containing special gifts. On Easter morning families have salami, eggs, cake, and colomba as a traditional breakfast, followed by lamb, beans, and cheese on Monday.
Almost every country celebrates Easter in some way. It's a holiday that children all over the world find enjoyment in, and the opportunity for families to spend time together.