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Seven Wonderful Easter Traditions from Different Cultures

There are countless ways to celebrate Easter. In fact, the way every family does it is so unique and personal that no two homes on Easter Sunday look alike. In my own family, we actually follow some Polish traditions. We serve both fresh ham and smoked ham, kielbasa, and pierogies, along with red horseradish, rye bread, sour pickles, and homemade potato and macaroni salads. The pound of butter that we use is expertly molded into a large egg, and my grandmother takes it, along with the salt, hardboiled eggs, and other food to the church to be blessed by the priest. One of the blessed eggs is cut into several pieces and passed around from one family member to the next. We go in birth order, starting with the oldest person at the gathering, and ending with whatever little one has been welcomed into the family most recently. My grandmother is the one who passes the egg around, giving each person a kiss and a blessing.

The Easter Bunny also comes for the kids in the family. He inevitably brings chocolate eggs, and a large chocolate bunny from the same local candy store every year. The chocolatier who has been stocking our Easters for over four decades knows us by name and is as much a part of our holiday as the blessed eggs.

That is my Easter, but it differs so greatly from other Americans who celebrate, and it certainly differs from what other cultures do around the world. I looked into wonderful international Easter traditions and found some to share below. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!

These first three are very similar, but different enough to share each one. The beautifully painted eggs are usually first emptied of the yolk and egg white through a tiny hole that is pierced into the bottom. Then the real craftsmanship begins.

1. Eastern European Easter Eggs