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Exploring Easter traditions from around the world

Image of someone taking a piece of bread decorated with Easter eggs

Many West Aussies would have fond memories of celebrating Easter. From bringing home hand-painted eggs from a primary school Easter craft activity, to searching the backyard high and low on an Easter egg hunt with family and friends.

At P&N Bank, we believe in inclusion in all forms and are exploring different Easter traditions from across the globe. While many traditions centre around the Christian or Catholic faith with symbolic gestures and processions, others share a common thread of spending time with the people in their community. P&N Bank sends warm wishes to people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds within our community, for a safe and happy Easter break.

Greece

In the lead up to Easter, many people in Greece spend time painting or dyeing eggs red as an acknowledgment of their Christian or Catholic faith. The red symbolises the blood of Jesus Christ in crucifixion. The tradition continues with an egg cracking competition a few days later which symbolises the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sweden

In Sweden, children create hand-made drawings and dress up as a witch using old clothes found in their homes. Then, in groups, children will go door knocking throughout their neighbourhood hoping to exchange their hand drawn artworks for sweet treats from their neighbours.

Bermuda

On Good Friday in Bermuda, people flock outside to fly kites of all shapes and sizes. Many are homemade, and some are so big it takes multiple people to get them a flight.

Ghana

Many people in Ghana spend Easter giving gifts or donations to others in their community who are less fortunate.

Then, communities travel up to the Kwahu hills for a three-day festival where they celebrate with carnivals, dancing, and paragliding.

Florence, Italy

Scoppio del Carro translates to ‘Explosion of the Cart’, and is a traditional event held on Easter Sunday in Florence, Italy. The event is believed to be a celebration of the courage of a young Florence man who took part in the First Crusade and received three flints in acknowledgment of his efforts.

As part of the event, a centuries-old cart makes its way to the front of the famous Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence. After a procession from the clergy, a dove-shaped rocket is lit from the spark of the three flints and is launched at the cart. When it makes contact with the cart it activates a massive firework display from the cart itself.

Israel

For many people of the Catholic and Christian faith, Jerusalem in Israel is a significant location in the life of Jesus Christ. As such, the area becomes home to a pilgrimage of people who seek to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, with daily events taking place over the course of a week.

Perhaps the most well-known event occurs on Good Friday when everyday people re-enact the journey Jesus took, carrying large crosses made from wood to a church in the Old City of Jerusalem.

 

As we head into the Easter break, we wish people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds a safe and happy time spent with their communities.

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