Pagan Easter Traditions all around the World

This year, we’ll look at Easter from a little bit different perspective. Yes, we know that Easter is a religious holiday. However, there are very many traditions that were adopted from the pagan holidays. Which ones are the weirdest and most pagan-like ways to celebrate Easter?

Czech Republic
There are many, orginially pagan, traditions: boys whipping the girls with a stick made from weeping willow branches and girls giving them treats such as dyed hard-boiled eggs, sweets and shots of home-made alcohol for it. However, the girls are allowed to spray the boys with water if they manage to catch them outside after noon. What I myself find the weirdest is that everybody is supposed to wear something new for Easter so that the Easter Bunny wouldn’t poop on them. Not that I mind shopping, but I like the American Easter Bunny way more than the Czech one!

United States
Easter bunny hides eggs all over your place and you go hunting for them. It’s actually a great and funny way to keep the children out of the house for a while, but how did it get connected to Easter in the first place?


Mexico
People in Mexico play an egg-breaking game, to see who will have good or bad luck during the following year. It’s a egg-hitting contest in which hard-boiled eggs are used for “fighting” or “duels”. The aim is to crack the eggshell of you opponent’s egg. The same game is played in the Czech republic, Serbia, Greece, Poland, Armenia and other countries.

Hungary
On Easter Monday, which is also known as ‘Ducking Monday’, boys are allowed to sprinkle water on girls, saying a riddle: Zöld erdőben jártam, kék ibolyát láttam, el akart hervadni, szabad-e locsolni? (= I was in the green forest, saw a blue violet, it was about to wither, am I allowed to water?)

Norway
According to Meri, the best way to celebrate Easter is to afterski like crazy people while listening to techno music. That sounds perfect to me!


If you want to read more (and this time more seriously) about different traditions around the world, here are some other articles from our blog that might interest you:

(Alternative) lunch is served: Happy Easter to you all!

How different is Easter in Germany?

Czech Easter

Brazilian Easter in my own way

Easter in France: Religion, food and chocolate?

Easter in New Zealand

We fight with eggs, we throw water at each other… Easter in Poland!

Easter in Italy – Processions and food

Swedish Easter

What there was and what’s left from the Romanian Easter traditions

Easter: Holyday or Holiday?

How is cherry blossom celebrated in Japan?


We wish you all Happy Easter:

Veselé Velikonoce (Czech)
Wesołych świąt wielkanocnych (Polish)
Selamat paskah (Indonesian)
Feliz Semana Santa (Spanish)
God påske (Norwegian)
Hyvää Pääsiäistä (Finnish)
Buona Pasqua (Italian)
Joyeuses Pâques (French)
Frohe Ostern (German)
Kellemes húsvéti ünnepeket (Hungarian)
Feliz Páscoa (Portugese)
Христос Воскрес (Russian)
Χριστός ἀνέστη (Greek)



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