Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead,It is the time of year when chocolate eggs and bunnies are beginning to fill supermarket shelves and many people’s thoughts are turning to the religious origins of Easter .
Different countries and cultures around the world have their own way of celebrating Easter and some are crazier and more interesting than others. check out this amazing traditions and you would be wowed.
Easter Parade in Seville, Spain
These celebrations are famous for their statues of the Virgin Mary with canopies: they are Baroque statues with silver and gold crowns, embroidered cloaks and velvet tunics which only reveal face and hands.
Seville has been holding its Easter week celebrations since the 16th century, and they have become universally famous. Some 50,000 people put on traditional robes to parade in the 58 organised processions, while the “costaleros” carry the pasos (religious statues) on their shoulders.
Blood & whips in Philippines
In Philippines, Christians Voluntarily Crucified to Commemorate Good Friday … engaged in self-flagellation with whips until the blood flowed. Although the modern Catholic church now discourages this act of hurting themselves, many penitents called “Magdarame” carry wooden crosses, crawl on rough pavement and slash their backs before whipping themselves to draw blood. This is done to ask for forgiveness of sins to fulfill vows or to express gratitude for favors granted. They believe that doing this helps them cleanse their sins and cure illnesses.
Candle light ceremony in Greece
The lighted candle is very symbolic during many ceremonies within the Greek … It represents the light of Christ.The faithful Christians all over Greece follow the Holy Week ritual devoutly, giving … gather in church holding white candles, which they light with the “Holy Light”.
Virtuous in Argentina
Easter is quite a big event in Argentina and various traditions are carried out to mark the occasion. Holy Week continues the style of fasting introduced by Lent where all meat is avoided apart from fish. As such, traditional dishes that normally include meat are replaced by seafood and fish. Good Friday is a rather somber event when people attend their local Christian parishes to observe the Station of the Cross or Via Crucis where Jesus is depicted during his final hours, carrying the Cross to his crucifixion. As is common to most Christian denominations, the Saturday before Easter is quiet in order to mark the mourning associated with the crucifixion and Sunday sees the start of celebrations.
Easter Sunday in Argentina consists of consuming and sharing eggs as well as the special Easter cake, Rosca de Pascua.
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.