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Today we explore Easter in parts of Northern Europe. We will explore Germany, Hungary, Norway and Poland. The other day we explored Sweden and we have also explored France, Spain and Portugal.
|Easter Fire in Göttingen Source: By ElHeineken (Own work)|
[GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
In Germany Good Friday is known as Quiet Friday. The church bells are not rung on Quiet Friday. People make wooden rattles to call people to church. On Saturday the children light huge bonfires. They burn wood and rubbish that they collect from house to house. On Easter, many villages hold an Easter walk or ride in memory of the walk Jesus took with His disciples after His resurrection. In one procession there is a rider dressed as Saint George on a white horse and in another men on horseback gallop past a post shaped like a cross and the winner is presented a cake shaped like a horse. On Easter Sunday, the children look for eggs in the garden. The eggs are made of chocolate, candy or decorated hens' eggs. Some believe the Easter hare hid the eggs for the children. The Easter hare brings the eggs in a small wheel barrow.
|Easter Hare with Eggs Source: By Gerbil (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
|Sprinkling in Hungary Source: By Opusztaszer (Own work)|
[CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
|Norwegian Eggs Source: By: Pål Berge|
|Drowning Marzanna in Poland includes Burning Them First|
Photo taken by Meteor2017 Source
|Palm Sunday in Poland Source: I, Mathiasrex [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons|
|A Blessing Basket Source: By J.Dncsn (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
For this post, I used information from the books above. For more Multicultural and Easter Posts check out:
- Easter in Ethiopia
- Easter in Sweden
- Legend of the Sand Dollar (an Easter Story)
- Easter in Spain, Portugal and France
- Easter in Ukraine and Russia
- Multicultural Easter Books
- My Easter Craft Round-Up
- Easter in Guatemala
- My Easter Pinterest Board
- My Multicultural Resource Pinterest Board