Celebrate Easter and freshen up your seasonal menu with some delicious spring recipes!
Easter is a holiday meant to be spent with family and loved ones gathered around the table with your most beloved traditional recipes. At least, that’s how many spend it in the United States, but there are a variety of celebrations around the world.
Before we dig in with 17 of our favorite Easter recipes, here are some fun facts from Woman’s Day about how other countries join in on the festivities!
- In Florence, Italy locals have a 350-year old Easter tradition that is known as Scoppio del Carro, which means “explosion of the cart.” They load a cart with fireworks that is led through the city by people in the colorful 15th-century costumes, before lighting the fireworks inside. It’s meant to ensure a good harvest.
- In Poland, the Easter tradition is called Śmigus-dyngus in which boys try to pour buckets of water onto other people. If no buckets are available, they find squirt guns or anything else that will hold water. The tradition is rooted in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko in 966 AD.
- In Norway, Easter is celebrated by reading true crime novels that are Easter-based, known as Paaskekrimmen, or “Easter thrillers.” The tradition is said to have started in 1923 when a publisher promoted his crime novel on the front pages of the newspapers. The ads were so believable and resembling the news that the public couldn’t tell the difference.
- In Greece, people throw pots, pans, and other clay-ware out of their windows and off of balconies, smashing them in the street. Most believe the custom symbolizes the new crops that will be gathered in new pots for the welcoming of spring.
- In Finland, children dress up like witches and beg for chocolate eggs in the streets with makeup on their faces and scarves tied around their heads. In Western Finland, people burn fires, a Nordic tradition to ward off witches who fly around on brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.