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Easter Celebrations Around the World

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Easter, celebrated this year on Sunday 5th April, is one of the most recognised celebrations in the Christian calendar. Filled with tradition, Easter customs here in the UK range from giving and receiving Easter eggs on Easter Sunday, to eating hot cross buns on Good Friday. Easter is a great time to get together with loved ones and spend quality time with the family but have you ever wondered how others celebrate Easter around the world? Find out as we bring you some of the most popular Easter traditions from across the world.  Poland In Poland one of the more unusual Easter traditions is “Smigus-Dyngus” or “Wet Monday”. The custom is thought to date back to 966 and sees young boys taking to the streets to douse the girls with buckets of water! USA Although the tradition is now widespread, it is believed that the Easter egg hunt first originated in the USA. Another big Easter celebration in America is the annual Easter Egg Roll, which takes place at the White House. The tradition of the race dates back to 1878 where children and their parents first joined the president to roll coloured eggs across the South Lawn.  Nigeria Just like the UK, Easter is recognised as a public holiday in Nigeria and is one of the most important religious celebrations of the year. Instead of celebrating with chocolate and eggs, Easter is spent in church as locals take time out to pray and remember Jesus. Philippines As a largely Catholic country, Easter in the Philippines is a solemn and reflective celebration, where devotees remember the suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Perhaps one of the more extreme customs is the re-enactment of the crucifixion on Good Friday. The agonising spectacle has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in recent years.  Australia Easter celebrations in Australia are similar to ours here in the UK but it’s the Easter bilby, not the Easter bunny, that delivers the eggs! Rabbits cause so much environmental damage in the country that they are often considered pests so the native, endangered bilby was chosen as its replacement. Brazil In Brazil, Easter is a festive time, where residents rejoice and celebrate with their loved ones. Streets are filled in the days leading up to Easter with a number of different fetes, festivals and colourful carnivals. Locals in Brazil also gather on the streets to construct straw renditions of Judas, who betrayed Jesus, and beat them up, setting each one ablaze. There are so many beautiful places where you could spend Easter to experience different traditions around the world, however you don’t even have to leave your house to experience the magic of Easter. However and wherever you spend your Easter this year, Psychic Light hope that you and your loved ones take time to relax, celebrate together and make the most of a well-deserved break! Remember that should you need guidance over the Easter break, our readers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Posted: 01/04/2015

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