Easter is a huge celebration in Christian countries and traditions vary from country to country.
In France, church bells fall silent on the Thursday before Easter as a mark of respect for the death of Jesus. Children are told that the bells have flown to Rome! On Easter morning the bells ring out once more to celebrate the resurrection.
A traditional Easter meal in France would almost certainly include lamb.
In Italy the churches are packed as many people who don’t normally attend make a special effort to celebrate the Easter Mass. All around Italy in the days leading up to Easter there will be solemn masses and processions. The most important mass is held by the Pope at the St Peters Basilica. Fireworks and church bells fill the air on Easter Sunday.
Like the French, the Italians also eat lamb on Easter Sunday. Italian Easter eggs will always include a surprise inside such as a toy or a teddy.
Many towns and cities in Spain celebrate Easter with night-time processions through the streets . Floats called ‘tronos’ are carried through the street. Each float is decorated with beautiful figures representing part of the Easter story. The floats and statues are elaborately decorated with flowers, gold, silver and fine cloths. Up to forty or fifty people carry each heavy ‘trono’ on their shoulders. Processions can last four or five hours! Members of the processions will dress in traditional robes often with cone-shaped head pieces.
There are many traditional foods eaten in Spain around Easter time and of course lamb plays a very important part in the Easter menu.
Unfortunately for anyone watching their waistline, it’s hard to find a Christian population that doesn’t stuff it’s face with too much chocolate!
Impress your friends abroad with best wishes for a happy Easter in their own language!
Q. How do you say Happy Easter in Spanish?
A. Feliz Pascua
Q. How do you say Happy Easter in French?
A. Joyeuses Pâques
Q. How do you say Happy Easter in Italian?
A. Buona Pasqua