Did you know?
Easter is the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar.
The date moves from year to year depending on the lunar calendar. Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon which places it late March to early, mid-April.
One to Wine loves to find out about traditions and today we are going to share with you some Easter traditions from all around the world!
Let’s start with France, obviously! Basically, Easter is a Christian day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. People are going to church, the bells are ringing for a long-time. The tradition says that the bells, helped by bunnies, hide in every gardens chocolates eggs and gifts for the children, then a big egg hunt will start. The kids, helped by their parents, will eat chocolate during the whole Easter week-end.
If you want to attend a very huge tradition, you should go to Haux, a town in the south of France. A giant omelette is served every year on Easter Monday. 4,500 eggs are used to feed up to 1000 people. The tradition goes back when Napoleon and his army stoped at Haux and ate omelette. He liked it so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelette for his army on the next day.
Let’s move on to England. It’s almost the same as in France, people are going to church, sing religious songs called “hymns” to celebrate Jesus’ rebirth. Usually people are taking holidays during that time because of the 2 banks holidays (this year: Friday, April 19 th and Monday, 22nd). The Friday before Easter, UK tradition wants that it’s a day of fasting (not eating any food) and then having a big meal on the Easter Sunday. It’s also a time where kids are playing Easter Egg Hunt! They believe that the Easter bunnies bring them chocolates eggs and hide them in their garden, so they have to find them and eat them all!!
The funny tradition in Poland named “ Smigus Dyngus” wants that young boys try to wet girls with buckets of water, legend has it that girls who get soaked will marry within the year.
Most of the population in the USA is Christian so they celebrate Jesus’ rebirth like the other countries. People are going to church to sing songs and then they gather the loved-one to enjoy a family time over a feast and some chocolates eggs.
In Washington DC, the big tradition is the White House egg-roll. Some lucky winner from a public lottery will have the chance to participate to the egg roll at the White House, this involves children rolling a colored hard-boiled egg with a large spoon. This tradition dates back to 1879 under the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes. The planning of the egg roll traditionally falls on first ladies, each incorporating her own tastes and interests to the event. This year First Lady Melania Trump will organise the 141st edition.
In India, only 2,5 percent of the population is Christian but they still have Easter festivities, especially in the north-eastern states. People exchange chocolates, flowers and colourful lanterns as gift. Moreover, they celebrate the day with street plays, songs and dances.
Easter time in Spain is very different from how we celebrate in other countries. There are no Easter eggs hunts and not much chocolate. Here, it’s all on the religious side, the Easter period is known as Semana Santa (Holy Week). Many Spanish are taking the week off as a holiday and during the all week many people parading through the streets in colourful costumes, carrying huge floats and mourning the death of Christ. The town of Verges in Catalonia, commemorates Holy Thursday with the Death Dance where people are dressed up like skeletons.
Now, let’s talk about a traditional Easter meal in France!
Easter is a family day, usually people are cooking together the day before Easter and they all are reunited on the holy Sunday or Monday. Usually, a lot of wine is served during the meal that can last for hours. Pretty much like every French meals actually.
The festive meal is made with eggs for starters. It can be mimosas or scrambled egg with asparagus.
We recommend a glass of a dry white Généreux 2015 from Bordeaux, for instance.
For the main dish we usually cook a roasted lamb called “l’agneau Pascal” with roasted veggies like spring beans, potatoes, carrots and broccolis.
We advise you to open a bottle of the Prestigieux Corbières 2014 from Languedoc it will be a delight with the lamb sauce.
And to properly end this meal, chocolate is the star! So you can make a chocolate tarte, a chocolate
cake with some berries or just some easy-made chocolate cookies!
The Syria red from la Petite Tuile will fit perfectly with any chocolate dessert !
Enjoy your meal and Happy Easter !