6 Easter Traditions Around the World
With the month of April rapidly approaching, Easter will soon be upon us. Stateside, stores are already filled with marshmallow bunnies and Easter baskets, and egg dyeing kits have made their appearance. For those that celebrate Easter in the U.S., these items and symbolism have their place in American tradition. Read on to find out more about different Easter traditions around the world.
Kokkina Avga, Greece
In Greece, Easter is the biggest and most celebrated holiday of them all. Though there are dedicated events and activities for each day of Holy Week, one of the most apparent traditions to travelers and tourists alike is the preponderance of red eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are dyed red to represent the color of Christ’s blood and then used for decorative purposes, baked into sweet-bread loaves, or cracked against one another (tsougrisma) to determine luck. The owner of the last un-cracked egg is deemed the luckiest. Since eggs have long been thought to symbolize the renewal of life, the symbolism of red eggs represents victory over death.