In the spirit of the Easter celebrations, here are five Easter traditions from around the world we bet you didn’t know about.
The World’s Biggest Omelette: Every year since 1973, the people of Bessieres, France, gather to make a giant omelette on Easter Monday. The omelette is made with over 15,000 eggs in a giant pan over an open fire in the town square and shared to thousands of observers who gather to witness the event.
Red Eggs in Greece: To mark the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, the Greeks have a tradition of dying their eggs red. For them, it symbolises the blood and sacrifice of Christ on the cross. The hard eggshell represents the sealed tomb of Jesus Christ, from which he emerged following his crucifixion.
Murder Mystery: In Norway, there’s a weird 100-year-old tradition where people indulge in bingeing crime fiction novels or movies every Easter. Known as Påskekrim, they can be any detective novel or mystery series.
Wet Monday: Taking place annually on Easter Monday in Poland, Wet Monday involves everyone getting each other drenched in water. Everything from buckets of water, shampoo, water balloons, and water guns can be used as weapons. If you have to go out on Wet Monday, you are advised not to carry around valuables that are not water-resistant because you are definitely at risk of having water splashed on you.
Flying Kites: Every Good Friday in Bermuda, citizens have a tradition of flying colourful kites all around the country. Legend has it that the tradition originated when a schoolteacher sought a creative way to best explain the ascension of Christ into heaven post-resurrection.