With Easter fast approaching, you might be thinking how to celebrate the Easter Sunday. Different regions have different Easter celebration traditions. For example, in USA, people tend to paint eggs with different colors and designs and hide them in a bunch of random places so they can gorge on candy left by a giant magical rabbit to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Christian tradition, Easter is the day Jesus was resurrected after being crucified and buried. But many Easter traditions today are centered on the arrival of spring, and have been melted with local cultures in different places. In this guide, we'll introduce different Easter celebration traditions around the world as well as mentioning the origin of this festival.
Part 1: Why do we celebrate Easter
The real reason that we celebrate Easter is to keep in memory of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection. When Jesus Christ came to world as a baby, he wanted to lead a perfect life and then he sacrificed for his sin one day. During Easter time, we usually memorize his sacrifice and show gratitude for him on Good Friday. But not only the death of Jesus on the cross is important, but also his resurrection announcing the victory over his sin and death is crucial as well. Jesus was crucified on the cross and then was buried after death. Then he revived his life, which proves that he is the person that he says and has finished what he came to world to do. Jesus Christ is not only God and human, but also is our Savior. Because he is revived, so we can believe his sacrifice for our guilt and accept the new life from him. His resurgence also indicates that his promise of resurrecting us will come true one day. Easter is the day to celebrate the victory of Jesus and the new life from him. If we accept him in faith, our sin can be forgiven and we can get a new life. Easter is rightly in the springtime, as spring is the time for new life to bud after the death in winter, Jesus can bring a new life to those people who were dead for their sin formerly. Jesus brings eternal life. The Easter celebration of his death and resurgence occurs every day, especially on Easter.
Part 2: Top 10 Easter celebration traditions around the world
1. Virtuous in Argentina
Easter Sunday in Argentina consists of consuming and sharing eggs as well as the special Easter cake, Rosca de Pascua. Tradition holds that people exchange eggs not only with their family, but also with friends and colleagues and the day culminates in attending mass followed by a big family gathering involving lots of food. Argentinians tend to celebrate Jesus' resurrection with a huge barbecue and a treasure hunt organized by the local governments in the main cities, so that everyone has a chance to participate.
2. Breaking clay pots in Greece
Corfiots, an island situated off the northwestern coast of Greece, doesn't exactly follow the traditional Greek Orthodox Church's Easter traditions. On Holy Saturday, the day before Easter, citizens in the city center drop water-filled clay pots over balconies onto the main streets. This tradition of celebrating by breaking pots goes back to ancient Venetians, who welcomed the New Year in a similar fashion.
3. Ceremonious in Lebanon
Visitors will notice the ornately decorated streets, shops and restaurants filled with all things Easter from bunnies to chocolate, painted eggs and even live baby chicks in some places. Good Friday is marked by mass. Easter Sunday is a huge celebration where absolutely everyone goes to church. After taking communion, the 40-day fast comprising a strictly vegan diet, is broken with a feast featuring lamb and lots of egg breaking. Get your hands on the delicious Easter sweets called Maamoul. These are little cookies made with a mixture of semolina and butter then stuffed with either dates or ground sugared nuts and dusted with icing sugar.
4. Egg Rolling in Scotland
Easter in Scotland is a mostly laid-back event. The Scots do the traditional things commonly associated with Easter like attending mass and having a big meal, but they also add a bit of fun, particularly for the kids. Easter fun here is all about eggs. After they're boiled and painted in all kinds of colors and designs, they're taken to the park hills for rolling on Easter Sunday. While it may just sound like playtime for the kids, the event is very symbolic as it is carried out to represent the rolling away of stones on Jesus' tomb thereby assisting in His resurrection.
5. Seville, Spain
Seville in Andalucia is the most famed Spanish region for Easter celebrations. It has 52 different religious brotherhoods whose members parade through the streets for the entire Holy Week manifesting the crucifixion. Processions continue for almost 24 hours culminating in the jubilation of the resurrection which is observed by floats covered in flowers, dancing in the streets and traditional sweet cakes.
In France, church bells ring every day of the year except for the three days of Easter. Legend has it that the reason the bells stop ringing is because they've made a trip to Rome in order to be blessed. On Easter Sunday, the bells make their return and tour the entire country sprinkling chocolate eggs, chickens and rabbits as they go in each and every garden. After midday, children head to the gardens to find their hidden treasures left by the blessed bells. The day of events also includes a hearty meal, normally consisting of lamb, which is the Easter dish of choice in France.
7. Water fights in Poland
What started out as a tradition of playfully sprinkling holy water onto unmarried women has, with time, turned into an all-out water fight that takes place on Easter Monday. It's a little strange that the water fights take place the day after Easter, when families come together over a massive feast and wish each other health and happiness for the rest of the year. The Polish often have a lamb-shaped centerpiece for their Easter table, in the form of a cake or even butter. They also go all out with the eggs, passing around fried, boiled, halved, and stuffed eggs as an expression of good blessings.
8. United States
Apart from dressing up in one's Sunday best and heading off to church on Easter Sunday, Easter in the US is, unsurprisingly, dominated by candy and chocolate. Various popular brands release a special line of sweet treats available only for the Easter period including Easter colored M&Ms, jelly beans, malted milk eggs, Cadbury Mini Eggs, Cadbury Creme Eggs, chocolate bunnies, Reese's eggs, Peeps and Hershey's miniatures with Easter colored wrappers. Those headed to Washington, DC can enjoy one other very famous tradition where the White House opens its lawn to kids for some Easter egg rolling. This tradition was first carried out in 1878 and has continued ever since. Other attractions on the day include a visit with the Easter Bunny and an afternoon of storytelling.
9. Toy Hunting in Germany
Easter Baskets are the main tradition in Germany where each child receives a basket put together by their parents, containing not only eggs and chocolate, but also toys and other gifts. The baskets are hidden in the back garden and the kids have to hunt for it after church on Easter Sunday. This is particularly popular in rural areas where houses tend to have big gardens, sometimes comprising several levels and full of trees and bushes.
In more urban areas, families tend to go on an Easter walk and hide their Osternest, which means Easter nest, in the forest or a meadow and the kids go hunting for it during the walk. Alternatively, if the nest doesn't appeal, some families like to hide chocolate eggs along the route of the walk.
10. Easter crime in Norway
Påskekrim, or "Easter crime," is a tradition in which Norwegians read and consume "crime culture" during Holy Week. This tradition penetrates every channel and mode of communication: bookstores feature crime novels, newspapers run supplementary crime literature, and radio and television channels run crime shows. The connection between crime and Easter is somewhat blurry, but many believe it has to do with an ad placed in the newspaper in 1923 by a publisher promoting his author's new crime novel. Since the ad appeared as a headline on the front page, fear was evoked in the readers and since then Easter has been associated with crime.
Part 3: How to back up precious Easter photos on your iPhone
You may take lots of photos on Easter for precious memories on your iPhone. But those precious Easter photos are easy to get lost if you keep them on your iPhone once your device is broken or lost, you may find it hard to get these precious photos. Therefore, to back up the Easter photos is the most effective way to prevent against the data loss. How to backup Easter photos on your iPhone effectively? Here we will show you one great method, that is to use the third-party tool Leawo iTransfer.
Leawo iTransfer is a powerful transfer software for iPad, iPod and iPhone. About 14 kinds of files including the photos, videos, contacts, music and more can be transferred with Leawo iTransfer in a simple way. Additionally, this great transfer tool also can back up kinds of data from iPod/iPad/iPhone to computer. Besides that, Leawo iTransfer is an excellent music manager to help users manage the playlists of the iOS devices and iTunes in high efficiency.
Below, we will show a detailed instructions of how to backup precious Easter photos from your iPhone to computer.
Step 1. Download and install Leawo iTransfer on your computer, then run Leawo iTransfer on computer and associate your iPhone to computer with USB cable. After that, your iPhone will be detected by iTransfer automatically and the library of your iPhone will be listed on the left column.
Step 2. Select “Camera” tab from the left column and then all your precious Easter photos will be displayed on the right part of iTransfer window. Press the “Transfer” button on the right bottom corner of the window, then all the Easter photos can be transferred to computer from iPhone in batch. Also, you can press the key “Ctrl” and click on some photos that you choose to back up to computer, then choose the options “Transfer to > My Computer” after you have a right-click on the chosen photos.
Step 3. A pop-up dialog will request you to choose a target folder to save the backed up Easter photos on your computer. You can check the option “Save to Folder” and then press the “Change” button to select a location for saving the photos. After that, click the button “Transfer Now” to begin backing up your precious Easter photos to computer from your iPhone.
Once the backup process is completed, you can get back the precious Easter photos from your computer easily. Even if the photos are deleted or damaged accidentally on your iPhone, you don’t need to worry that you can’t retrieve the photos anymore since you have backed them up safely.