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For many of us here in the United States, this Easter Sunday will be filled with Bilbydecorated eggs, jellybeans and rabbits, but the religious holiday is celebrated very differently around the world.

In Australia, the holiday is actually celebrated in the fall, but has similar customs to the United States. The biggest difference between the two is the pagan character. Rather than the bunny, you’ll see a bilby, which is a small rodent with a long nose, but rabbit-like ears.

In Norway, Easter is considered a religious holiday, but not celebrated as such. Many people retreat to their cabins or spend the weekend skiing. One unique tradition for Norwegians is the reading of Påskekrimmen (crime novels) or watching detective shows. In fact, nearly every TV channel produces a crime mystery specifically for Easter.

Greece Pot SmashingIn Greece, Easter Sunday is a truly joyous occasion. The first Resurrection is announced at 11 am; bells ring and bands parade the streets. People throw pots out the windows and off balconies that is believed to welcome spring and symbolize the new crops to be gathered in new pots.

In Mexico, you won’t see any bunnies or painted eggs. Typically, people go to Mass and celebrate quietly with their families. There are a few places where you will find music and dancing.

In Poland, Easter Sunday is similar to the United States celebration, but it’s the day after that sets us apart. On Easter Monday, boys try to drench other people with buckets of water and squirt guns. Legend says that girls who get soaked will marry within the year. (Brrr… this tradition sounds too cold for us!)

An interesting part to note is although we all celebrate the holiday differently; the reason behind the season remains the same. However you spend your holiday, Lions Pride wishes you and your family a happy Easter!

Sources:

http://www.indobase.com/holidays/easter/easter-traditions-around-the-world/easter-in-australia.html

http://www.communicaid.com/cross-cultural-training/blog/celebrating-easter-across-cultures-2/#.VRrYrKMwmG8

http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/religion/easter_in_greece

http://gomexico.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/p/holy_week.htm

http://www.womansday.com/life/travel-tips/a1411/easter-traditions-from-around-the-world-105074/

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