Happy Easter Nomads, We decided to some Easter traditions around the world with you today.
We are so happy to share another Easter with y’all. I’m sure we are probably enjoying your Jollof rice and chicken in your various homes celebrating Easter. Well other than staying at home and eating Sunday rice, there are a host of things which can be done in a Nigerian home to celebrate Easter.
There are many traditional norms or ways in which Easter is usually celebrated all over the world which makes the event more fun. Some of these things done in these countries can sound extremely strange or funny especially to a Nigerian where nothing much is done. It is important to know that some of these traditions vary based on ethnic differences and cultural backgrounds. So they differ and are unique in their own way.
Let’s take a look at some the countries that take Easter celebration to another level!
EASTER IN BRAZIL
We are more used to Brazil being a football nation birthing some of football greatest, Pele, De lima Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and the likes. Brazil is also a very religious country and Easter is a big deal there. During Easter there’s this crazy tradition of creating straw dolls to represent Judas Iscariot (the apostle that betrayed Jesus Christ). They are hanged in the streets and they beat them up. They also use it as an anti corruption strategy by naming politicians involved in scandals to become Judas. Funny right! But also very effective.
EASTER IN INDONESIA
Although not Predominantly a Christian Nation, Indonesia has a very high rate of Christians. During Easter, men are chosen to depict Jesus. These men are tied to the cross at various locations round the country. These Men consider it a rare opportunity to be chosen to depict their Savior.
EASTER IN ITALY
Italy is a Christianity dominated Nation, so this is probably not a surprise. A huge, beautifully decorated wagon is dragged through the streets by a white oxen until it reaches the cathedral, and upon singing the Gloria Song inside the cathedral. The Archbishop sends a dove-shaped rocket into the cart, igniting a large fireworks display called Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart), this is followed by a parade in medieval costumes. This is always a beautiful procession.
EASTER IN HUNGARY
In Hungary, it is more of a culture than a religious celebration. They regarded this to as “Sprinkling” which is done on Easter Monday, in which boys playfully sprinkle perfume, cologne or water over a young woman’s head, and ask for a kiss. People used to believe that water had a cleaning, healing and fertility-inducing effect.
We could go on and on with a lot of easter traditions around the world because they are just too many.
However, Co-Host Yejide Runsewe (founder and head Nomad of Naija Nomads) and Amarachi (Blogger and Content Creator, Travel with a Pen) shared other Easter traditions on their channel on Youtube “Through our Eyes”
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