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Easter traditions around the world

2013-03-26 21:31:56|Food

Just days away, Easter is celebrated all over the world. In England, pancake Tuesday, morris dancers, spring chicks and lamb are all signs of Easter - but none as prevalent as chocolate eggs! There are many different ways we celebrate across the globe - here are a few others:   ChinaTraditions are huge in China and Easter is no exception. Going back more than 3000 years, the Chinese painted eggs red - which symbolises good fortune - for spring festivals. Rumour has it this goes as far back as 722 B.C., when a Chinese ruler gave painted eggs as gifts in celebration of a spring festival.   NorwayEaster is a key holiday with Norwegians, with celebrations starting a day earlier than in the UK, from Good Thursday until Easter Day. Many Norwegians go to the mountains hunting for snow and ice, supposedly replicating the capers of the very first Norwegian.   Latin AmericaEaster in Latin America occurs during the autumn, churches are often decorated with fruits and flowers of the season and church bells are silent from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday, with maracas used to announce the services.   ScotlandEaster is a very important day in the Church of Scotland. In many parts of the country an old Pagan tradition saw huge fires being lit on Easter Saturday during spring festivals.   SpainAnother country steeped in tradition is Spain. On Palm Sunday children are decorated in sweets and tinsel and they carry palm leaves to be blessed at church. The saints, or pasos, are carried through the streets by specially chosen people in traditional dress.  

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