With Easter fast approaching, we here at TwoSpoons thought we’d take a look at some Easter traditions, at home and around the world, and pick our favourites to share with you!
1. Easter Egg Hunt - UK
Hunting for eggs is maybe the best known Easter celebration in the UK and the USA. This tradition was first brought to America by German immigrants in the 1700s. It is based on the belief that rabbits and eggs symbolise fertility and rebirth.
2. Scoppio del Carro – Florence, Italy
In Florence, people celebrate with an event known as Scoppio del Carro, or "explosion of the cart” – an Easter tradition that is over 350 years old. Here, an ornate cart is packed with fireworks and is led through the streets of the city by people in 15th century costumes. They stop outside the Duomo; the Archbishop of Florence, then light a fuse during Easter mass that leads outside to the cart, sparking a fireworks display. The meaning behind this Italian custom dates back to the First Crusade, and is meant to guarantee a good harvest.
3. Danse de la mort – Verges, Spain
On Holy Thursday in the Medieval town of Verges, Spain, the traditional "dansa de la mort" or "death dance" is performed. To reenact scenes from the Passion, everyone dresses in skeleton costumes and parades through the streets. The procession ends with frightening skeletons carrying boxes of ashes. The dance begins at midnight and continues for three hours into the early morning.
4. Napoleon’s omelette - Haux, France
Each year a giant omelette is served up in the town's main square. The omelette uses more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people. The traditions dates back to a story of when Napoleon and his army were travelling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelettes. Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelette for his army the next day.
5. Pot throwing - Corfu, Greece
On the morning of Holy Saturday, the traditional event of "pot throwing" takes place on the Greek island of Corfu. People throw pots and out of their windows, to smash them on the street. Some say the custom derives from the Venetians, who on New Year's Day used to throw out all of their old items. Others believe the throwing of the pots welcomes spring, symbolising the new crops that will be gathered in the new pots.