Thursday, April 13, 2006

Happy Easter!

Have an egg, please!

I'm not particularly religious so I never paid much attention to Easter. Actually, in my childhood it was the most boring of holidays because I always had to go to huge family reunions that never seemed to end.
Is there a particular tradition you do where you live? Over here, the biggest tradition is eating lamb for lunch, so I begin breaking traditions immediately. During the Easter day there is a procession of priests and members of the community that go from house to house taking the cross for people to kiss it and be blessed, I suppose. The priest blesses the house and sits down with the people of the house drinking wine and eating stuff...so you can imagine that they can't walk a straight line at the end of the day...
This tradition is getting rarer in the cities but it's still being done. In the villages it's much nicer because people form pathways with flowers to greet the procession.
Concerning the eggs, I remember looking for them when I was a kid but it has never been a strong tradition. The official sweet of the season is almonds covered in sugar or chocolate almonds, or belgian almonds. I can't believe I had this much to say about Easter...
I'm spending Easter day with my extended family. The rest of the days will just be like a regular weekend.
I can't get enough of this song, no matter how much I listen to it - Crash into me - Dave Matthews Band.

11 comments:

kimananda said...

To the Danes, religion is a fairly low-key affair, so the only tradition that I know about is the lamb...which I expect to have three times this weekend. I don't like lamb, so I expect I'll be strongly considering going back to vegetarianism by the end of it. Or maybe in the middle of it.

And thanks for the egg...I don't think I've ever dyed an Easter egg.

DayByDay4-2Day said...

We hide easter baskets and eggs for the kids to find in the morning. CHurch service the a early dinner of Ham, deviled eggs (gotta do something with those eggs)potatoes, and of course dessert. Many people (including me) Give up sweets from lent to easter, so there will be a lot of candy eating.

Oh by far though the Easter bunny is the strangest tradition here. A grown person parading around as an easter bunny that gives out chocolate.

Stephanie said...

I was sort of raised Catholic, but we were never very good at it :) I remember easter egg hunts on the town green. How terribly quaint does that sound? More recently, Easter had been a day of horrible family brunches with my (now ex-) boyfriend's family. I'm happy I don't have to do that anymore.

PS - I found the Elvis Costello song & love it. Thanks for writing about it!

Devil Mood said...

Kimananda: All holidays should have an alternative dish - there's always people that don't like the main one and it's really boring to eat it so many times...I used to paint eggshells, without any egg inside and decorate with that.

Day: That doesn't sound very different from here. It sounds a little silly that a rabbit brings eggs and chocolate to people, doesn't it?

Stephanie: Ultimately, Easter should be a little about freedom and doing what we want to do. I hope our Easters are no longer boring from now on. Isn't that song addictive? ;)

Cathy said...

Happy Easter!
We do not do anything special on Good Friday (today) but on Easter morning, the children ahve their baskets filled with chocolates and little toys and then we hunt around our house for chocolate easter eggs. We will go to church and then to my sister's house for lunch; deviled eggs and ham are the traditional easter food.

Devil Mood said...

Cathy: That sounds nice. Of course, every holiday is more fun (and more tiring) with children around. In this case, this tradition seems to suit children more than adults. Have fun :)

Chloe said...

Happy Easter. My easter is next week. I wish it was low key. It is blown out of all proportion in Greece.

Devil Mood said...

Chloe: lol, I understand. Mine was pretty low-key. In fact, I was so bored I almost fell asleep!

Meow said...

Our Easter is not particularly exciting ... on Easter Sunday morning, Chicky hunts for her chocolate eggs, then the day goes on as normal ... family, friends, fun !!! Just another day, really !
Take care, Meow

Devil Mood said...

Meow: That sounds good to me, anyway! I hope it was a good Easter for you and your family :)

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