World News: Easter around the globe

Sélah Fischer

Easter is Christianity’s most important holiday, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The holiday has been known as the moveable feast because it falls on a different Sunday day each year. It can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. Aside from the traditional chocolate bunnies, carrot cakes and dying eggs, there is much more to it. Easter is celebrated in various ways around the world.

Brazil: In Rio de Janeiro they have a huge carnival a Mardi Gras to start Lent. The carnival started over 250 years ago and has now become one of the biggest in the world.

France: On Good Friday and Easter Sunday the church bells do not ring. When children wonder why this is they are told the bells have gone off to visit the Pope.

Germany: On Palm Sunday the Pope sometimes rides to the service on a Donkey. Aside from this, every ten years the people of the Oberammergau village put on a play known as the “Passion Play”. They do this to say thank you to god. People travel to see the play from all over the world.

Spain: Many cities in Spain also put on a show in the streets to celebrate Easer. They have floats called ‘tronos,’ which are carried through the streets and decorated elaborately covered in gold and silver. These represent a part of Easter history. About 50 people carry these ‘tornos’ on their shoulders and the event can last up to five hours.

Greece: The Greeks handle Easter bit differently than a lot of others. In Greek Orthodox churches they set up a tomb in the center of the church for the Good Friday and the service is handled almost like attending a funeral.