Easter is a time for celebration, and across the world people carry out a spectacular array of traditions. So, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most quirky traditions around the world, which may inspire you to try something new this year, or maybe even buy your very own Easter bunny from our teddy bear collection!
Let’s get physical
On the island of Corfu, you’d better take care on Easter Saturday! People open up their windows and toss their old pots out onto the streets. Something similar used to happen in Venice at New Year – so maybe that’s where it all began. Throwing out old pots marks the start of spring and the time to get new pots in the hope that bountiful crops will grow and you can use your new pots to collect them up. Of course, if you’d rather not throw away all your crockery, you could treat your loved one to a gift from the wonderful collection at Bears4U!
Although things are pretty lively in Greece, at least you can stay dry – unlike some other places. Ukraine, Hungary and Poland all have traditions ending in a soaking. In these countries, drenching people on Easter Monday – or ‘Wet’ Monday as it’s commonly referred to is like a national sport! In Poland. Instead of soaking your crush this Easter, we recommend that you opt for a lovely gift from Bears 4U, trust us – it will be far better received!
Fancy a giant Easter Monday omelette fit for an army? If so, head to Bessieres in the South of France. Each year, an omelette fit to feed a thousand men is cooked in the French town – a tradition which was founded when Napoleon marched through the area and demanded a meal big enough to feed his army.
Now, we’re all familiar with the Easter egg hunts which take place across the west. From local park challenges to the USA’s Whitehouse, these hunts are great fun for all the family, and are a great way to entertain the kids for a good long while. A great way to up the stakes, is to plant real eggs rather than chocolate ones, then present a prize to whoever finds the most. Perfect for those eager to avoid sugar-rushed children, prizes could range from a new game to a charming gift from Bears 4U.
Did you know that in some cultures Easter is not all sugar and spice? In fact various towns around the world have a sinister edge to their celebrations. On Holy Thursday in the region of Verges in Spain, the streets transform between 12am to 3am in a rather creepy fashion. Locals dressed in skeleton outfits parade through the streets of the city, carrying boxes of ashes performing the traditional death dance. Much like a halloween parade!
In a similar spooky fashion, the Sicilian city of Prizzi sees locals donning scary masks and red robes, before running around and terrorising people for drinks! We don’t recommend trying to bring these traditions to your home town, as scary antics are not usually met with too positive a response. Instead, why not treat your loved ones to a gift from Bears4U? Our cuddly collection promises to spread joy, rather than screams.
The Easter Bunny
America is known for its big celebrations. From Independence Day and Spring Break to Prom and Christmas, it’s safe to say that the USA doesn’t do things by halves, and Easter is no exception.
On the night before Easter Sunday, children leave baskets outside with carrots and a little bowl of water. The Easter Bunny then drops by and fills up the basket with sweets, teddy bears and other goodies for children who have been well behaved, before taking the snacks left for him. This tradition is met with eager anticipation this year, and shares many similarities to the tradition of stockings at Christmas. Nowadays, parents are moving away from providing baskets of sweet treats from The Easter Bunny, as it really isn’t worth the sugar rush that will follow! Instead, more personal gifts and cards are often given instead, with just the one chocolate easter egg. If you want to create an extra special basket this year, shop the stunning personalised collection of cuddly bears at Bears 4U. The gift selection promises to provide the perfect gift for your child.