Easter Around the World


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Easter Around the World

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Easter in England People who live in Olney, a town in England, celebrate Pancake Tuesday with a special event.

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They hold a pancake race on every Shrove Tuesday (Mεγάλη Τρίτη) for over 500 years.

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People in England, hundreds of years ago began eating ham on Easter Sunday.

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Αt Easter in Britain, traditionally simnel cake is baked for tea (κέικ φρούτων γαρινιρισμένο με αμυγδαλόπαστα). Originally simnel cakes were given for Mother's Day.

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In England, pussy willow branches are picked especially for Easter. People tap each other with them for good luck.

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Egg hunt is a game during which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial, filled with or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden in various places for children to find. The game may be both indoors and outdoors.

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When the hunt is over, prizes may be given out for various achievements, such as the largest number of eggs collected, for the largest or smallest egg, for the most eggs of a specific color, etc.

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In many parts of England dancers called "Morris dancers" perform on Easter Sunday. These dances are very old spring dances to frighten away the veil spirits of winter (=τα κρυφά πνεύματα του χειμώνα)

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Red and green ribbons (κορδέλες) and little bells are tied onto the dancers. As the dancers move quickly the bells ring and the ribbons wave (=κυματίζουν).

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Easter in Australia In Australia Easter is celebrated with public holidays, church services, eggs, rabbits and fun. It is celebrated in March or April, which is autumn unlike other countries in the Northern Hemisphere where it is spring.

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In Sydney, Australia there is an agricultural show known as "the Royal Easter Show". Which has displays of the countries best produce, farm animals, parades, rides, fireworks, food, sideshows and fun.

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They enjoy the Easter holidays, which is the end of summer. Especially the children, love Easter eggs, chocolate rabbits, chocolate bilbies and time together with the family.

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In Australia the Australians prefer the Bilby as the symbol for Easter as it is native to Australia and also because of the fact that the rabbit has destroyed land, crops, vegetation and burrows of other native Australian species.

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As in Greece, in Australia people play the egg knocking game

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United States of America Easter in the US is celebrated in many different ways by many different religions. Mostly it is celebrated with traditional church services and family festive celebrations.

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On Easter Sunday in New York and other cities, large street parades are held where people show off their new clothes and Easter bonnets. The parade is often led by someone carrying a candle or a cross. American children play a game called Easter Egg Roll.

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Easter is a time to eat special foods. In US it is baked ham, potatoes and vegetables. In the US at Easter Hot Cross Buns (κάτι σαν τα δικά μας Χριστόψωμα) are served as well.

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Easter in Wales In Wales Palm Sunday (η Κυριακή των Βαΐων) is called Flowering Sunday, and families traditionally visit the graves of their relatives to lay flowers on the graves. On this day they also have famous Welsh singing contests which are known as Gymansa Ganu.

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Choirs from various chapels (ξωκλήσια) in the area come together to take part in these festivals, and at these festivals special conductors (μαέστροι) are invited.

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Easter in Ireland In Ireland Easter is a very sacred time of fasting (= νηστεία) and prayer (προσευχή). On Easter Saturday at church hundreds of small candles are lit off the Paschal candle that has been blessed by the priest.

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Other things done on Easter Saturday are priests blessing and distributing holy water. Each member of the household was sprinkled (ραντίζονταν), and then the house and the cattle.

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On Easter Sunday a quiet meal is eaten at home. Traditional Easter meal of leek soup and roasted spring lamb.

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Easter Sunday people eat large quantities of eggs. Eggs are often dyed or decorated and egg rolling used to be a favorite pastime.

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Good Friday was an extremely solemn day in Ireland. Most people eat nothing at all until midday, and went about barefoot. No one killed animals, no wood was burned or made into things. No one fishes. Eggs that are laid on Good Friday were marked with a cross, and everybody ate at least one of these eggs on Easter Sunday.

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