Surprising Easter Traditions - Egg-Laying Bunnies And Other Religious Traditions!
Did you know that there is an egg worth almost $12 million or one that is bigger than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant? And on Easter, some countries celebrate a mini Halloween or solve an Easter mystery? If not then get ready as in this article we’re going to look over Easter traditions that are the norm in other countries. Why is it important to wear new clothes on Easter? What are cross buns and how do they relate to embalming bodies? Where did the egg-laying hare and the tradition of making Easter eggs come from? Read on until the end to find out all the different traditions!
Russia’s Million Dollar Eggs
Let's go back to 1885 when Tsar Alexander II was looking for a gift for his wife for Easter. To do so, he decided to contact a jeweler, Peter Carl Faberge, and order from him a gold egg richly decorated with precious stones. This is how the annual tradition of Tsarist Easter gifts began, namely beautifully decorated eggs made of the most expensive materials, such as gold, ivory, mother of pearl, and precious stones. In addition, each of these gifts was different and contained a surprise. They were created for 30 years and their production ended with the fall of the tsarist regime, but this does not mean that Faberge eggs were forgotten. They became extremely fashionable and desired by collectors. Their enduring popularity is evidenced by the fact that in 2007 one of them was sold at an auction in London for a record sum of 9 million pounds. This precious specimen was particularly unique in that every hour a jeweled cockerel popped out of it, flapping its wings, nodding its head, and to top it all off, crowing.
World’s Biggest Easter Egg
So you already know what the most expensive Easter egg looked like, and now we will tell you about the biggest one yet. Because this one was created in Italy in 2011, it was all made of milk chocolate and was over 10 meters high, and weighed more than 7 tons. So it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. And lest it is that only Easter eggs break records, a few years later a chocolate Easter bunny was also created. It measured over 4 meters and was made by confectioners from Brazil, earning it an entry in the Guinness Book.
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Eggs And Easter
And while we're on the subject of Easter bunnies, it's worth finding out how they appeared in the tradition of this holiday at all, and on top of that, possessed the ability to lay eggs. Let's start with the fact that the Bible in no passage mentions a creature with long ears and a fluffy tail, which on Easter Sunday tosses eggs to good children. Nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become one of the most popular symbols of the most important Christian holiday. So where did it come from? Well, it comes from the pagan Germanic tradition, where it was believed to be the companion of the goddess Eostre, and also a sign of fertility. It symbolized new life and the coming spring and was credited with the ability to lay eggs. As Christianity began to spread in Europe pagan beliefs mixed with Catholic ones and the bunny became part of Easter celebrations. His fame came from Europe to America, thanks to immigrants, and it was accepted that every Easter Sunday a nest had to be built for him to leave his eggs in. It also received a gift in the form of a carrot, much like Santa Claus gets cookies at Christmas.
Painting Easter Eggs
The tradition of painting Easter eggs and thus creating them originated in Ukraine. At first, however, they were not decorated in various colors, but only dyed red, which, according to religious tradition, was supposed to symbolize the blood of Jesus. In the past, only women were allowed to decorate Easter eggs, and men were not even allowed to enter the room where this was done, as it was believed that they might cast a spell on the colored Easter eggs. One of the largest collections of Easter eggs in the world can be found in the Polish museum in Ciechanowiec. There are more than 2 thousand eggs from various countries, and among the exhibits, there are not only chicken eggs, but also ostrich, duck, stork, and even penguin eggs. There are also Easter eggs made of glass, porcelain, wood, or stone.
There are several interesting Easter superstitions related to this holiday. For example, swallowing a basil tree during the holiday is believed to guard against disease and even provide beauty and wealth. Decorating houses with consecrated palms, on the other hand, is thought to ward off all misfortune and also ensure the health of the whole family. It is also worth paying attention to the clothes one will wear on the holiday, because, according to another superstition, putting on new clothes at this time, which have not been worn before, is thought to ensure good luck for the rest of the year.
Meaning Behind Hot Cross Buns
In many countries, such as Poland for example, on the tables, during Easter, there are plenty of sweet and fancy cakes decorating the table. On the other hand, in England or the USA, there is a tradition of eating hot buns with a cross. These delicious-looking baked goods mark the end of Lent, and the cross on top refers to the crucifixion of Jesus. Interestingly, the spices used in the buns symbolize the fragrant herbs that were used to embalm Christ's body after his death.
Mini Halloween & Crime On Easter
Every country has its own customs and different parts of the world have completely different holiday traditions. And so, for example, in Sweden or Finland, a mini Halloween is held on Easter Saturday. So boys and girls put on colorful clothes and go from door to door collecting various goodies. In Norway, on the other hand, Easter detective stories are a real phenomenon. These are nothing more than a series of books published just before Easter so that people can read them during the holiday, and also solve the mystery described in them. In addition to solving detective stories, Norwegians can also enjoy detective series on television, and there are even detective comics on milk cartons during Easter.
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Things Prohibited On Easter
In addition to Easter customs, there are also Easter prohibitions that apply especially on Good Friday. In Poland, there is a strict fast, and it is also the only day of the year on which no mass is celebrated. In Germany, on the other hand, it is illegal to dance in public on Good Friday; in Bavaria, for example, you cannot even play music in bars. If someone breaks this ban they can be fined 10,000 euros. In Ireland, on the other hand, it is illegal to sell spirits on this day. You cannot buy them in supermarkets, pubs, or restaurants, and for people who still feel like having a drink there is a way to get around the law, namely, it is perfectly legal to drink it on a train, in the air, or on the water.
Easter Island is one of the most isolated places in the world, and also this destination is one of the most expensive. But that doesn't deter some because seeing the huge stone statues in person is an amazing experience. Scientists are still not quite sure who actually made them, while it is known where the name of this place comes from and the explanation is very simple. Europeans first came here just for Easter and so they decided to call this stretch of land in the Pacific simply Easter Island.
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