”Before Easter, we paint our eggs usually boiling them into onion peel so that they become brown/Bordeaux (now you can find also the food pigment for doing this). In the Easter morning, each member of the family pick one egg and beat it on the others. The goal is to have the egg without breaks at the end of the “battle”. People believe that the winner of the match is going to be particularly lucky in the future.” (Serbia)
”Ostersonntag (Easter Sunday), the whole family gathers together to celebrate with a festive meal. The main dish for this meal is often lamb since it represents innocence and humility. Afterward family often go with their children in the garden, the house or the forest nearby to search for sweets and Easter eggs which the Easter bunny has hidden for them during the night.” (Germany)
”Family gatherings are common during Easter, where traditional foods such as cured salmon, pickled herring, and eggs in various forms are served in the style of Smorgasbord (Smörgåsbord in Swedish).
Often, children dress up as witches and go from house to house and collect candy, just to return home and be given Easter eggs filled with even more candy from various family members. The story behind dressing up as witches is several hundred years old, as it was believed that on Maundy Thursday before Easter, witches flew to Mount Blåkulla to consort with the Devil.” (Sweden)
”On Easter day the whole family comes together. First, the children collect Easter eggs that are hidden in the garden by the Easter Bunny. The aim is to find as many eggs as possible. After this its time for a big dinner together. Usually, it’s a big dinner where we serve lamb.” (Belgium)
”Our Easter involves a lot of cooking and preparation, followed by a lot of rest and celebration. The entire family goes to church for the Easter Mass on Saturday night with candles, which are lit at midnight. The light is supposed to have been brought from Jerusalem and is shared by the priest and among the crowd. This candle is taken home and left to burn all night. The following days the family and close friends eat and drink and rest. Easter eggs are cracked between family members in a battle for the strongest-headed egg. Of course, the Easter Bunny makes an appearance or two with some well-deserved gifts and candy.” (Romania)
”The Easter is celebrated with the entire family. Normally there is a big lunch and after the lunch, during the afternoon, the children start to look for the Easter Eggs brought from the Eastern Bunny. However, watch out !!! Sometimes you find an egg that it is not yours…. In this case, you have to leave it and continue to search for yours.” (Brazil)
There are many different traditions to celebrate Easter around the world. These are some testimonials from Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Romania and Brazil. Each country has its own style and if we speak about Spain, normally there are also different traditions depending on the area.
First of all, if you feel like in a ‘chef mood’ we challenge you to cook one of the plates you must try during this season. And to make this easier, we share here all the recipes you need to start:
- Torrijas: http://www.teinteresa.es/cultura/Torrijas_0_1121888440.html
- Mona de Pascua: http://www.teinteresa.es/cultura/Mona-Pascua_0_1121888409.html
- Pestiños: http://www.teinteresa.es/cultura/Pestinos_0_1121888426.html
- Filloas: http://www.teinteresa.es/cultura/Filloas_0_1121888435.html
- Leche Frita: http://www.teinteresa.es/cultura/Receta-Leche-Frita_0_1121888447.html
- Bacalao Ajoarriero: http://www.teinteresa.es/cultura/Receta-Bacalao-Ajoarriero_0_1121888461.html
- Potaje de garbanzos: http://www.teinteresa.es/cultura/Receta-Potaje-garbanzos_0_1121888455.html
In case you are not feeling that hungry but rather in an ‘adventure mood’, you can also go and discover some of the most interesting Easter traditions along the country. Check this out to see some of the strongest traditions around:
There are some other secrets if you want to spend this time exploring Barcelona. Did you know that La Sagrada Familia will have a special light show on its walls during this period? And Poble Espanyol will be full of flowers between the 13th -17th of April to celebrate a very colorful Easter.