Celebrating Easter Around the World

Jessica Raya, Author

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This year, Easter is Sunday April 21st, and in America, this usually means Easter egg hunts, church services, and a basket full of candy.  

“Every year for Easter my mom hides Easter eggs with money and candy inside them and my siblings and I try to look for them,” says senior Cheyniah McKey. 

Senior Cheyniah McKey

However, around the world, Easter is a little different than what Americans may think. 

In France, children don’t get their candy from the Easter bunny, but rather the Easter bell. Based on Catholic beliefs, no church bells can ring from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. The purpose of this is to recognize the days around Jesus’s death. A legend says that church bells aren’t rung because they grow wings and fly away to be blessed by the pope, coming back on Easter Sunday to give chocolate to kids.  

In Poland, Holy Saturday holds the most beloved tradition. This tradition is known as the blessing of the Easter baskets. It consists of putting the most important foods eaten during the Easter feast, such as eggs, bread, meat, and butter, into a basket and having the priest bless the basket.  

Another tradition in Poland is Wet Monday. During the Monday after Easter, small groups of boys will go around with water guns or even buckets of water trying to soak any random girl they see. Legend has it that if a girl gets soaked on Easter Monday, they will get married within a year.  

In Australia, they celebrate with the Easter Bilby not the Easter Bunny. Bunnies are considered a bad omen due to infestations on farms and destroying the land. Bilbies have big soft ears like the rabbit, but bilbies are an endangered species. Changing the Easter Bunny to the Easter Bilby raises money and awareness for the animal. Both animals, however, bring chocolates and other gifts for kids on Easter Sunday.  

Even though countries around the world celebrate this holiday differently from each other, they all tie into the same reason as to why they celebrate Easter, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus. To some people, this holiday is more about the religious aspects.    

“My husband was raised Catholic, so every year for Easter we go to church and spend time with his family, and I learn more and more about Catholicism every year,” says Mrs. Mindy Sizemore, an art teacher at SMHS.   

Easter is not only a time for celebrating, but also a time for appreciating people and enjoying each other’s company and time.