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Mix it Up This Year With Easter Traditions Around the World

Get inspired to try new ways of celebrating Easter with traditions from other countries! Everything from making your own palm to cooking a huge omelette. 

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Looking to start a new family tradition after the Easter egg hunt? Check out these fun Easter activities for families and interesting recipes from Easter celebrations around the world.

Switzerland

One of the most popular Easter games for kids in Switzerland is call “Zwänzgerle.” Here’s how it works:

Place one of your previously decorated Easter eggs a fair distance away from you. Then, throw a coin at the egg and try to crack it. If you miss, your opponent gets to keep the coin. If you succeed in cracking it, you get to keep the coin and the egg. Do this with as many coins, eggs and players as you’d like. It’s a great way for your kids to collect money for their piggy banks!

Poland

When it comes to Easter crafts for kids and adults, the Poles go all out on Palm Sunday with handmade palms made from pussy willows, painted straw flowers, ribbons and other decorations. In fact, many places organize competitions for the most beautiful, decorative and prominent palms. Show off your creative skills by making your own “Palma-Wycinanka,” or cut-paper palm.

Bermuda

If you’re looking for a fun way to incorporate more Easter activities for kids into the mix, consider enlisting their help in following the Bermudian traditions of flying homemade kites and making (and eating!) hot cross buns.

Germany

So the kids have discovered all of the hidden eggs. Now what? In Germany, rather than hiding the eggs and getting children to hunt for them, they are prominently displayed on trees. And we’re not talking an egg here and there — some trees boast thousands of multi-colored eggs!

France

In France, the Easter egg has a ginormous presence — literally. Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte stopped in Bessieres, France, one evening and had an omelet for dinner. He enjoyed the omelet so much that he asked the villagers to gather all of their eggs the next day and prepare a giant omelet for his regiment to enjoy, as well. So what do the cooks in the Giant Omelette Brotherhood of Bessieres do every Easter? They get together in the main square and cook a massive omelet. In fact, it’s so massive that in 2016, it was made up of 15,000 eggs! Feel like trying your hand at an oversized omelet? Try this (much more manageable) “Big Egg Easter Omelette” recipe.

We hope you’ve gathered some inspiration from these Easter traditions around the world. Now hop to it and start some new traditions of your own!

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