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Written by Montserrat González

Montserrat is a professional translator who likes to read and write fictional stories. There's nothing she enjoys more than spending time with her friends and family.

September 23, 2020

How do people celebrate Easter around the world?

 

Easter is a Christian religious celebration that derives from the Passover; since each country has a different culture, the way Easter is celebrated varies. however, every country commemorates the same, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

MEXICO

Catholicism is the main religion in Mexico, so they start celebrating Easter since Palm Sunday, then at Good Friday, there make processions and representations of the Passion of Christ in different cities of the country.

One of the most striking activities during the Easter Sunday is “La quema de Judas”, a celebration where people burn paper dolls that represent Judas and other hated figures.

 

SPAIN

Easter is celebrated with processions and other manifestations of faith, which are organized by the members of a church. In these processions people carry religious images related to the Passion of Christ and some Saints.

 

UNITED STATES

In the United States, Easter celebrations are a little different from Hispanic countries. It is common for families to go to outdoor places and participate in the search for Easter eggs, which represent the resurrection of Christ and the hope of a new life. In the egg hunt, parents hide decorated eggs that may be stuffed with candy, and when children find one they get a prize.

 

BELGIUM AND FRANCE

In Belgium and France, church bells aren’t rang from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.

Because, legend has it, church bells fly to Rome during the Holy Week to be blessed by the Pope, and on their way back, they give Easter eggs to kids. On Sunday there are egg hunts for kids in the church garden.

 

ISRAEL

There is no need to say that in Jerusalem the celebration of the Holy Week and Easter is important, after all, that’s where Jesus lived and died according to the Bible.

In Israel, activities begin on Palm Sunday, when a procession is held commemorating Jesus entrance to the city, from the Mount of Olives to the old city.

During the week people can visit Biblical places and on Easter Sunday a procession is made to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Gospel is read in several languages.

 

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