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6 Weird Easter Traditions From Around The World

Christian people celebrate Easter as a day to commemorate resurrection of Jesus Christ whereas in other cultures it is a day to welcome spring. Easter is held on the first Sunday after the spring full moon that occurs on or after 21st day of March, following the Spring Equinox.

The celebrations throughout the world usually include attending mass and making buns, chocolates, Easter bunnies and Easter eggs. However, there are also weird customs and unusual Easter traditions followed during the celebrations in some nations. Here are 6 weird Easter traditions from around the world.


6. Shooting Easter Bunnies
The people of New Zealand celebrate Easter by hunting bunnies. A monetary reward is awarded to an individual who is able to shoot the most bunnies.


5. Nicotine
Not all nations celebrate with candy or chocolate; for some locations, nicotine is the desired item. In Papua New Guinea, small trees outside of churches are decorated with cigarettes and tobacco sticks. These are handed out after the Easter service.


4. Halloween Outfits
The children in Finland dress up in Halloween outfits, and go to each house collecting treats and sweets. In turn, the kids have to give a present of a decorated willow twig to every house.


3. Kites
People in Bermuda celebrate Good Friday with eating hot cross buns and codfish cakes and flying homemade kites. Also, they hold kite contests.


2. Church Bells
In France, Easter Saturday is called as ‘Silent Saturday.’ On the days leading up to Easter, French churches stop ringing the bells as a symbol of remembrance of Jesus Christ’s passing. The children are told that the church bells have flown back to Rome to see the Pope. On their way back to the churches, bells drop chocolate candy and colored eggs at all the kid’s houses.


1. Saitopolemos
The saitopolemos is a tradition in Kalamata, Greece, that has survived for several years. The participants are divided into 10-15 teams, every team consisting of 15-30 individuals, generally young boys armed with saites (paper tubes filled with gunpowder) and dressed in traditional outfits. The tradition is controversial because it is extremely dangerous.

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