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Don’t be Fooled by Easter

This year Easter Monday is set to be quite an extraordinary event with Politicians, Celebrities and ordinary folk all pitching in to make it the first global egg in to celebrate the new beginning. A very special unveiling will occur promises Simon Cowell who is coordinating events including Iguana eating in Colombia.

It is also a time of year when many people reassess their lives and consider working elsewhere around the globe so we thought it might be useful to provide a snap shot of what is going on in various countries around the world.

Easter in Australia – The land down under celebrates Easter in a big way. Like the United States, mates in Oz have public holidays, with morning church services. The whole idea is fun, with a melange of eggs, rabbits and partying with friends. It’s autumn down under but the BBQ’s are in full swing. This year will see the Aussie cricket team doing a hot curry eat in at the end of the tour of India. No beer is allowed and the last man standing will become the new captain.

Easter in Brazil – Brazil is known the world over for throwing a great party. Rio de Janeiro has one you may have heard of called Carnival celebrated before Lent. Other towns have celebrations and parades and in one small town, a parade marches behind a statue of the Virgin Mary and the crucified Christ. The Hangover Ball is not what you might expect it celebrates the hanging of Judas. What is thought to be the worlds’ biggest “keep-uppy” event is taking place on the 10 mile beach at Rio and over 1 million have registered to take part. They must be nuts.

Easter in Canada – If you consider Quebec City part of Canada, then you’ll be happy to know that they celebrate Easter as well. The annual Winter Carnival embraces winter with sledding, ice skating, sculpting, tobogganing, skiing and, of course, hockey. Easter eggs with maple syrup – yes really. Canadians are not known for their sense of humor or internationalism but having sold the UK a Bank Governor they might be changing. Their event is an international “puck-in” against all the ice hockey playing nations of the world. The plans have met with a cool reception.

Easter in China – Though most Chinese do not celebrate Easter directly, they have on occasions celebrated the coming of spring with gifts of eggs and huge festivals. Eggs are marks of the coming of spring and rebirth, fertility and life. The Chinese paint eggs and give them as gifts with the coming of spring. The eggs are seen as hallowed and spiritual. The new Chairman of the party has offered a free Chinese plastic egg to every Chinese couple that remain childless in the next year. A cracking idea.

Easter in Egypt, Middle East – Among all the celebrating counties, Egypt gets our most devoted award. Well, they go to church every day for a whole week, all the way until Easter Saturday service, going on well into four or five in the morning. People do give coloured eggs, invite the coming of spring through parades and visit family and friends. A feast is served in the afternoon and the Egyptians are determined to keep the sand out of the egg sandwiches this year. Their event is the great pyramid run starting at noon, in the heat of the midday sun. Skinny dipping in the Nile is not permitted.

Easter in France – France has held on to its traditions by giving eggs (chocolate nowadays) on Easter day, which is related to the renewal of nature in spring time. It has also been related to the end of fast period, a period during which no eggs could be eaten, creating abundance thereafter. Louis XIV gave eggs gilded with gold to his sycophants. They were filled with “surprises” and the tradition remains until today. It is also the symbol of resurrection in Christian religions. Unfortunately the French government cannot afford any celebrations this year so has decided to cut the working week to 30 hours to help the recovery of the economy as a thank you to its citizens for all their hard work.

Easter in Germany – Germans like to decorate trees with hollowed-out, painted eggs for Easter. Germans need little excuse for a large meal and much family feasting occurs. Generously the German chancellor has decide give a piece of her mind to every other country in the European Union as Germany knows best.

Easter in Italy – On Easter Sunday in Italy, all members of the family exchange Easter eggs, which can also be made especially for the occasion containing special gifts that are placed inside the egg. On Easter Sunday morning, each family usually eats a breakfast of salami, eggs, a special cheese cake and the traditional ”colomba” – a sweet cake which contains almonds and candied fruits. On Easter Monday, everybody goes out for a picnic or by the sea and many families eat lamb, broad beans and a strong sheep’s milk cheese. This year there is a special humble pie as the economy crumbles.

Easter in New Zealand – In New Zealand, people attend Church Services over the weekend to celebrate both the death and resurrection of Christ and to mark the end of the season of Lent. The stores all carry Hot Cross Buns and stock chocolate Easter eggs for the Easter Bunny to fill his basket in anticipation of his delivery rounds on Easter Sunday morning. This usually results in Easter egg hunts for the children. As everybody in New Zealand has to be in bed before darkness the celebrations will start at dawn and finish one hour later to ensure church attendances are high.

Easter in Russia – Easter in Russia is a late night affair. After a Saturday night mass, Russians go home or to friends’ houses to eat well into the night. Willow branches are used to beat people on the shoulder for good luck while eggs are often given out for the same reasons. Remember Faberge made eggs out of silver, diamonds, gold and other precious stones and metals. This sets the bar for the most expensive Easter gifts. Russia’s billionaires are scheduled to take place in what believed to be the biggest ever auction. Cyprus is top prize but the Spaniards had better watch out as their football teams are high on the list.

Easter in Spain – The Spanish know how to party. Before Easter, however, the scene is more macabre with dancing street skeletons, likenesses of former Saints carried through the streets with hooded members from the likeness of some secret society. Priests anoint sinners detailing the biblical passages of “dust to dust.” After the dust has settled, Spaniards hit the town, for several nights to quench their thirst. To reduce unemployment the government has decided to making running with the bulls compulsory for all age groups and events will be held weekly until unemployment declines to acceptable levels. Only the unemployed, infirm or elderly are allowed to take part.

Easter in the USA – The United States shares many of the traditions with other countries. On Easter Sunday children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of candy. He has also hidden the eggs that they decorated earlier that week. Children hunt for the eggs all around the house and outside. Neighbourhoods and organizations hold Easter egg hunts, and the child who finds the most eggs wins a prize. Families also get together for an Easter meal. If you go to the deep south they have egg knocking competition in Louisiana. President Obama has offered to fertilize as many of the knocked up eggs as possible and Tiger Woods is a keen supporter of the plan.

Easter in the UK – Egg rolling involves participants launching their specially prepared hard-boiled eggs down a grassy hill. The tradition goes back hundreds of years and survives in counties all over England. In some areas it is known as “pace-egging”. Customs differ from place to place. The winner’s egg may be the one that rolls the farthest or is rolled between two pegs. According to an old Lancashire legend, the broken eggshells should be carefully crushed or they will be stolen and used as boats by witches. It is very much a family time of year and George Osborne feels that the first green shoots are round the corner as he departs on holiday with David Cameron.

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Author: Chris Slay

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