This article was translated from the Spanish version.
Just like every year around this time, we’re preparing for Easter – and although some people take off on vacation, others use this time to keep up ancestral traditions. They take part in rituals already well-know from childhood, marveling at religious processions and tucking in to plentiful Easter feasts. Unlike the familiar Easter Bunny and his eggs, some of these customs from different cultures are far less known, but no less remarkable!
1. Easter eggs behind every bush
In this case, the custom shouldn’t be a particular surprise – considering that all Christians celebrate Easter with painted eggs and/or the delicious chocolate variety thereof. But do you also know the origin of this custom? According to legend, Mary Magdalene announced to the Emperor Tiberius that Christ had been resurrected. The Emperor simply laughed, saying that this was about as likely as if an egg suddenly turned red. The sentence had barely been spoken aloud, and already a wonderful tradition was born.
2. The Dance of the Dead
In Verges in the province of Girona, you can attend one of the oldest (and most unusual) processions in Spain, which takes place on the night of Maundy Thursday, when the residents of the town gather together to dance in clothing painted with skeletons. Read More »