Every Easter morning, children of all ages wake in hopes that a magical bunny has visited and left them baskets of chocolate eggs…
Seems pretty strange when you put it like that, doesn’t it? Well, luckily, the Easter Bunny isn’t the only unusual custom to appear at this time of year. Here are three of our favourites from around the world:
🇫🇷 – L’omelette géante de Bessières (The giant omelette of Bessières)
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. But what kind of omelette would you get if you broke 15,000 eggs? The residents of the French town of Bessières would know as every Easter (Pâques) a group known as the Brotherhood of the Giant Omelette gather around a 4-metre-wide frying pan and do exactly that.
The omelette is cooked over an open fire in the village centre and stirred with giant wooden spoons so big they look like oars. After around 90 minutes of prep, it’s given out to the 10,000 visitors who come to Bessières to watch the spectacle.
🇸🇪 – Påskkäringar (Easter witches)
If we said that young children dressed up as witches and went around their neighbourhood asking for treats, you might think we’re getting our holidays confused. But this isn’t Halloween, this is Easter in Sweden. And it’s a whole lot cuter.
You won’t see any warts or pointy hats here. Instead, young girls will don oversized skirts and shawls and decorate their faces with freckles and rosy cheeks before knocking on doors and handing over homemade Easter drawings (påskbrev) in return for sweets.
🇳🇱 – Eiertikken (Egg tapping)
In certain parts of the Netherlands, Easter is more than just a time for celebration. It’s a chance for glory. A time for one egg to rule them all. How? By valiantly competing in the traditional game of eiertikken.
Each player, armed with a boiled egg, will take it in turn to hit their egg against their opponents, starting by bashing the tops together, and then the bottoms. Whoever breaks both ends of the other’s shell first is the winner and gets to keep the broken egg as a trophy. And a tasty snack.So no matter whatever crazy way you’re going to be celebrating, Happy Easter! And if you want to check out any of these bonkers traditions for yourself, don’t forget to brush up on the language with Memrise before your trip.