Easter Traditions To Start
Traditions rely on the next generation to survive, but younger generations often bring a unique perspective to holidays like Easter, having the final say in deciding what is worth keeping and what will be let go. But even when old traditions get the axe, space is created for new traditions to grow. If you're looking for a way to change up your family's Easter celebration, take a look at some of these fun Easter traditions inspired by other cultures.
England Egg Tapping
Dating back centuries and originating in Europe, this simple game is played by knocking hard-boiled eggs together and seeing which participant's egg outlasts all the others. Widely practiced in England, Serbia and the Netherlands, the game has trickled into American culture as well. Get your family together, decorate your eggs to prepare them for the competition and reward your family winner with an Easter prize.
Adorning the Osterbaum
In Germany, handpainted eggs are hollowed out and strung up on little bushes or trees called Osterbaums. An easy tradition for kids as well as adults, decorating a tree will add lively color to your home to help get you through the dreary spring days. You can also infuse a little Christmas charm by putting small gifts under the branches like tasty chocolates or even pet toys for a few of your furry family members.
Explosive Italian Fun
Easter has some of its oldest roots in Italy, and one of the most exciting traditions is celebrated in Florence. Citizens fill a cart with fireworks and ignite it in a cathedral square, often causing the antique cart to explode. A safer way to celebrate with your family can be traced to a Mexican tradition. People fill hollow eggshells with confetti and toss them at each other for an explosive, messy game everyone will enjoy.
Sweets in Sweden
Fans of Halloween can easily relate to this Swedish Easter tradition, where children dress up as witches and travel door to door collecting sweets. However, in Sweden, kids won't leave you with an empty bowl of candy. Some of them offer up their own drawings or paintings as a fair trade. Going door to door on Easter probably won't get the same results for American children, but you can always get artistic by dyeing Easter eggs and fire up the oven to bake classic hot cross buns or an Easter-themed cake.
Trying out another culture's Easter tradition is a great way to enliven your celebration and learn a little more about the holiday's history. Find a bunch of festive Easter gifts and other goodies for your celebration at LTD Commodities, a one-stop shop for everything from cooking essentials to electronic accessories, cozy baby to stylish adult apparel.