Easter is one of the most important holidays across Europe – each country has its own traditions and customs, making it a truly special time of year. From cracking eggs to eating fried doughnuts, here’s a guide to the unique celebration of Easter across different European countries.
In some parts of Germany, children dress up in various costumes before heading out to knock on doors and wish everyone a Happy Easter! It's also customary for them to crack eggs with a hammer - symbolising the power of Jesus' resurrection.
The Greek tradition is quite unique as well - known as 'Tsougrisma' or 'egg-cracking', families gather around and take turns tapping their egg against those of other players. Whoever ends up with an uncracked egg - wins! It's believed that this practice represents fertility and new life during Easter time.
In Malta, locals celebrate 'honeyed bread' which is eaten as part of the morning Mass as well as throughout the day by people visiting each other's homes. The bread is made from all-natural ingredients including honey, orange blossom water and dried fruits like raisins or dates.
Poland celebrates Easter with brightly coloured eggs called 'pisanki': these eggs are decorated with traditional symbols such as flowers, stars and crosses - all crafted from layers of wax which is painted onto them. They're then boiled for several hours before being presented either at dinner tables or churches during Mass.
Perhaps the most famous festival though is held in Spain where thousands flock every year to witness La Tomatina: it's an annual tomato throwing contest held in Bunol near Valencia where participants hurl tomatoes at one another while music plays and food vendors keep everyone fed! While this isn't actually an Easter tradition per se – it's still worth mentioning because it's so much fun!
Easter time in Europe is full of fun traditions and activities – why not explore some yourself this spring?