Easter traditions from around Europe

Happy ! Arguably, is a far more important Christian than Christmas, as celebrates the resurrection of Christ, one of the fundamental beliefs of the religion. Around the world, different countries, communities, and cultures celebrate in their own unique ways. Even in Europe, traditions can differ wildly – we visit England, Germany and Spain to explore the differences.

Morris dancers (Pic from http://www.news.bbc.co.uk)
Morris dancers (Pic from http://www.news.bbc.co.uk)


Think Morris dancing and the image of men flouncing around with kerchiefs waving come to mind; this ritual is a remnant of pagan times, when troupes would perform spring dances in order to frighten away winter spirits. Costumes incorporate red sashes, straw hats, streamers, ribbons, bells and wooden sticks; Morris dancers are almost always exclusively male. Another English Easter tradition is egg fights, where two players, both with gaily decorated hard boiled eggs, taps each others eggs – the first egg to crack loses.

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Decorating a tree with Easter eggs in Germany (http://www.forwardeverforward.com)
Decorating a tree with Easter eggs in Germany (http://www.forwardeverforward.com)


More eggy business – in Germany people play the egg during Easter, where eggs are placed on the ground and participants around them while trying not to break them. There are also parades and markets around Easter, but a quintessential German Easter tradition is the Easter fountain, decorated with flowers and painted eggs.

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The Easter Bunny also visits Germany, and decorated eggs are popular here. An Easter equivalent of the Christmas tree is also popular, where fir trees are hung with coloured eggs.

Easter Processional in Spain (Pic from http:www/telegraph.co.uk)
Easter Processional in Spain (Pic from http:www/telegraph.co.uk)


In Spain, Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is celebrated with great fervour. The Nazarenos parade down streets in traditional hoods and dramatic masks, carrying religious statues or relics through the city. Other Spanish Easter celebrations include the Dance of Death, which is danced on Holy Thursday, just before . The tradition dates back to the days of the Black Death. In its modern reincarnation, it involves people dressed up as skeletons going around scaring townsfolk – a reminder that death is near, and constant.

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  1. Tina Schell says:

    Love the tree decoration!

  2. restlessjo says:

    That tree looks a bit manic! In a good way. Happy Easter!

  3. I really want one of those trees!! Interesting to see how others celebrate. And then of course you go to Slovakia and they celebrate with the men gently whipping the ladies!

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Remind me not to go to Slovakia over Easter…

  4. Very cool post – thanks!

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