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Easter Around the World

Easter in Finland
Children in Finland decorate Easter eggs and make Easter cards just like the kids in the U.S.A. do. But did you know that they also grow grass on plates indoors?

On Palm Sunday, children dress up as Easter witches and go from door to door with sprigs of willow in their hands. They recite a special verse and are given sweets or money.

Painted Easter eggs
Egg Painting in Hungary
There are many ways to do this, but one simple way is to partially wrap a cooked egg in a leaf and dip it in colored water. The covered part of the egg remains white and will show the pattern of the leaf. Natural paints can be made from onion skin, wild pear, green walnuts or other vegetables.Sometimes the women “write” on the egg, drawing folk patterns using melted wax on the egg and then dipping into the colored water. The egg under the wax remains white and shows the pattern. The most beautiful eggs are painted by hand following traditional folk patterns.

Easter in Brazil by Mayra ( au pair in Pearl River, NY)

The tradition of Easter is different in every house in my country.  In my house we used to go to a really early church celebration and see a play about the life of Jesus and Easter. After worship, we’d watch the sunrise as we ate breakfast. Then all the kids would go for an egg hunt.  There  is one huge chocolate egg, and everyone would get a piece of it to taste.Then we used to go to grandma’s house to have a big party with all the family. In grandma’s house there were  baskets that we call a nest for the kids. The baskets are decorated with flowers, grass, paper.We used to leave some carrots for the Bunny, and while we are helping the little ones with decorations, we’d talk about Easter and  the story about Jesus. The Easter Bunny always leaves us chocolate eggs and tie dyed eggs.  Grandma’s house  is always fun.We used to make foot prints with flour to give the kids an idea where to go to find their stuff, like a treasure hunt.

 On this day a big meal is served, and the day is all about spending time with the family, eating chocolate, and having fun at Grandma’s!Though Easter is celebrated differently  from family to family,  in Brazil, everybody gets chocolate eggs. I am sending some pictures

 Thank you Mayra!  Let’s learn more about Brazil!

 Easter in Germany– by Annikain German, where we sell decorated Easter eggs, chocolate Easter- themed items, spring ornaments and more Easter crafts. 

This is a small tree branch put in a vase about two weeks before Easter. Real eggs that have been painted by the families are hung from the branches. These Easter trees are either made of branches cut from pussy willows or other flowering bushes or are small living trees and bushes that are already planted around the house. In the same way, the living trees and bushes outside the house are also decorated with plastic, wooden or real painted eggs and wreaths.

 The custom of boiling and painting eggs, the symbols of new life, began also in Germany; the bright colors represent sunlight and growth. Also eggs used for cooking are not broken but are emptied by blowing the contents into a bowl through pinholes at either end of the egg

The Easter bunny, symbolizing fertility, was also first mentioned in German writings in the 16th century. Around 1800, the first edible Easter bunnies were made inGermany.

We have a very long Easter weekend: Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays; shops, banks, and offices are closed. German schools are closed as well.

The Easter weekend in Germany begins with a quiet Good Friday (Karfreitag). Many families eat fish as their traditional Good Friday lunch. Sunday is so called Family Day on this day we have a special Easter lunch with colored eggs and a cake which is shaped like a lamb. In the early morning, parents hide baskets filled with colored, hardboiled eggs, chocolate bunnies, sweets, and little presents for the kids. Many families attend an Easter service followed by a traditional Easter lunch, lamb, potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. We also eat a lot of sweet foods such as cookies, cake and chocolate in the afternoon-the classic coffee and tea time.

 Another tradition is the Easter Fire which is where all the old Christmas trees are gathered up and burnt on a public site.  This is done so as to clean away the last signs of winter and move on to spring. The Easter fire also stands for light (chasing away dark spirits) and a new beginning welcoming the new season.

Thank you, Annika!  Let’s learn more about Germany!

 February is the month of Carnival in Brazil! 

People of all ages, including children have fun during Carnival.  They dress up, dance the samba and sing songs. The people parade through the towns often wearing colorful masks. It’s a huge celebration that goes on for 40 days!  Would you like to make a colorful Carnival mask?