April 01, 2015

8 Unusual Easter Celebrations Around the World

It’s that time of the year again, where sugar-infused kids come out to play, bunnies, chicks and eggs peak through every nook and cranny, and wherever you’re from some form of sacrifice is required. Be it fasting, waiting hours in a queue to get into an event or being squished against a train window as more and more kids and tourists get on board. However, it’s also a time where friends, families and communities get together to eat well and have a good time. Little did we know that this day can be celebrated in some really odd ways in different parts of the world. It’s not all lamb, chocolates and eggs. So, here it goes, our list of unusual Easter activity:

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Giant Duck Egg Hunt, London Wetland Centre
Well, I’m sure most of you are used to the annual egg hunt on this special day, but this year something else is about to hit you. Yes, yellow rubber duckies are being planted around. So, whilst you sit down and lavish in warm beverages, your kids will be bringing back a little something for their bath play time.

Death by Chocolate, the London Dungeon
Rather than celebrating life this Easter, the London Dungeon has done a good job of twisting the merriment around chocolates, instead serving death on a platter. The dungeon takes you into the Victorian times where you are introduced to Miss Edmonds and her toxic sweet shop. On this special day you’ll receive a limited edition box of Miss Edmonds Violent Screams, but don’t be fooled, Miss Edmonds doesn’t take her love for poison lightly.

Bonnet Competition, San Francisco
Yes, that’s right, a world known hat competition in San Francisco’s Dolores Park as an Easter festivity. On Easter Sunday, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence throw an over-the-top, annual Easter Bonnet competition.

Egg rolling, White House lawn, Washington DC
“What goes around comes around,” is the egg roll theme. This event involves an egg rolling competition, as well as other activities, such as egg dyeing, egg tossing and entertainment. However, the more unusual thing is that it actually takes place on the White House lawn and a whopping amount of 35,000+ visitors are welcome!

Dansa de la mort, Verges, Spain
Again, rather than celebrating life, the Spanish like to partake in the traditional “dansa de la mort” or “death dance” on Holy Thursday. So, if you missed out on Halloween this year this may just be your cup of tea!

Giant omelette, Haux, France
If you never carried a giant fork around with you before you may want to now. If Dexter didn’t teach you enough about the French and their omelettes, well then friends, you may have another thing coming your way, as each year a giant omelette is served up in Haux’s main square. What can I say? The French like to have their eggs and eat them too!

Sprinkling, Hungary
This may initially be interpreted in the wrong way, but it’s probably not going to get much better anyway. This Easter Hungarian tradition revolves around boys sprinkling perfume or ‘perfumed’ water on girls. So, if you’re lurking around Hungary during the holidays, remember, it’s ok if you’ve left your anti perspirant behind.

Smingus-Dyngus, Poland
This oddly named Polish Easter tradition involves pouring water on one another. Rest assured you’ll never go round feeling uncleansed again, as on Easter Monday, boys try to drench other people with buckets of water or squirt guns at each other.

Emma Brincat