Easter is celebrated on April 16 2017. Put on your Easter bonnet and read some of the traditions around the world.
The Ukrainian Easter
tradition of Pysanka Eggs is a special craft. These
highly-decorated eggs have been made during Holy Week for
generations. While people once made eggs to ensure fertility and
avoid fires and nasty spirits, today they take to the art form
for the aesthetic allure.
After designing a
pattern on an uncooked or empty egg, it is then dipped in a
colored dye. Between the dyeing stages, the craftsman draws
patterns on the egg with wax, so as to seal the color currently
on the egg and create the intricate patterns you see on the
Passion Plays - Villagers take part in an Easter Passion Play
re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday at
Gantang Village near Magelang, in the province of Central Java.
One of the longest running traditions of Easter is the Passion
Play. Because a lot of people in medieval times could not read,
plays were a great way to educate the masses about the story of
Jesus’ death and resurrection. There are passion plays held all
over the world, but one of the most famous is the Oberammergau
Passion Play. Its roots began during the black plague, when the
residents of Oberammergau were on high alert to keep the disease
out. A farmer coming home from a nearby village brought the
plague back with him, which killed one-fifth of the town. With
the disease ravaging the town, the elders declared that the
church would hold a passion play every 10 years in exchange for
God’s blessing and protection. The play has been performed every
10 years since 1633, with only a ban in 1770, World War I, and
World War II stopping three shows.
Don't forget to
decorate your Osterbaum - Easter tree with colorful decorated