Easter Around the World

Published: 29.03.2012, Updated: 04.03.2017
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The contents of a backpack for a Norwegian Easter vacation. Can you name the various items in English?The contents of a backpack for a Norwegian Easter vacation. Can you name the various items in English? The Easter celebration has long traditions all over the world, but the way we celebrate differs a lot. In some places they celebrate by eating chocolate bunnies or going on egg hunts, flying kites or lighting huge bonfires called Easter Fires. In the Philippines you can see re-enactments of the crucifixion of Jesus and in Haiti Easter celebrations are mixed with voodoo and animal sacrifice. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on the Anglo-American and Scandinavian celebrations.

Anglo-American and Scandinavian celeberations

Anglo-American and Scandinavian celeberations

In some countries where Christianity is a state religion, or where the country has a large Christian population, Easter is a public holiday. Some European and other countries in the world have also Easter Monday as a public holiday.

United States & Canada
In the United States, Easter Sunday is a flag day but has not been a federal and state holiday due to falling on a Sunday, which is already a non-working day for federal and state employees. However, nearly every retail store, shopping malls and some restaurants are closed on Easter Sunday. The few banks that are normally open on regular Sundays are closed on Easter. Two days before Easter Sunday, Good Friday, is a holiday in 12 states. Most private businesses, as well as the financial sector and stock market, and public schools are closed on Good Friday. Historically, schools have given extended spring breaks of one to two weeks around the Easter holiday, but this practice has been declining in favor of fixed one-week recesses around Washington's Birthday and in late April.

Many Americans follow the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving children baskets of candy. On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children. New York City holds an annual Easter parade on Easter Sunday.

In Canada, both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays. In the province of Quebec, either Good Friday or Easter Monday (although most companies give both) are statutory holidays. Two days before Easter Sunday, Good Friday, is a public holiday as well.

In Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays. It is a holiday for most workers except some shopping malls. Many businesses give their employees almost a week off called the Easter break.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter#Easter_celebrations_around_the_world



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Påskeferie betyr mye forskjellig for folk. For noen betyr det overhaling av båten, andre vil tilbringe ferien i hytta si på fjellet. Noen feirer påske ved å dra i kirken. Å pusse opp båten kan gi deg blemmer og flis i hendene dine, og fjellet kan være farlig på denne tida på grunn av snøskredfaren. Men mange drømmer om å gå på ski over hvitpudrete fjellplatåer i tindrende solskinn. Uansett, de vil kunne oppdage at disse ideelle skiforholdene har blitt erstattet av heier med en og annen snøflekk som ligge der og smelter i den varme vårsola. Og prepareringen av ski kan vise seg å være en stor utfordring så seint i sesongen.

For mange er påsken kirkens årlige høydepunkt da kristne feirer oppstandelsen av Jesus Kristus, som ble korsfestet på langfredag og sto opp fra de døde 1. påskedag. Påsken begynner med palmesøndag, men den første offentlige høytidsdagen er skjærtorsdag. I Norge har vi en lang påskeferie, som alle nyter uavhengig om de vil feire dens religiøse betydning eller bare slappe av og nyte fridagene.

Suggested rendering

Easter holiday means different things to people. To some it means time for a boat overhaul, others want to spend time at their cabin in the mountains. Some celebrate the holiday going to church. Renovating a wooden boat may give you blisters and splinters in your hands, and the mountains may be a dangerous place at this time of the year due to the risk of avalanche. But many dream of skiing across white powder snow on mountain plateaus in bright sunlight. However, they may find that these ideal skiing conditions have been replaced by a heathland with scattered snow patches thawing in the warm spring sun. And ski preparation may be a challenge on the wet snow so late in the season.

To many, Easter is the highlight of the church year when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Easter begins with Palm Sunday, but the first public holiday is Maundy Thursday. In Norway we have a long Easter vacation which everybody enjoys whether they want to celebrate its religious significance or just want to relax and relish the time off.




Do a web search using the following string of words and investigate various ways of celebrating Easter: Easter celebration around the world.

List at least three traditions you were not previously aware of. The traditions may be linked to either the secular celebration of Easter or the religious holiday.

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