Fascinating Easter Traditions From Around The World

Did you know that on Easter not everybody is going around hunting for eggs?

In Bermuda people fly homemade kites, according to the Huffington Post. The tradition seemingly began with the British Army trying to explain Christ ascending to Heaven, so they flew kites shaped like crosses.

French kids get goodies not from this guy (Easter bunny picture) but from the Easter bells. Catholics don’t ring church bells between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil. As the story goes in France, the bells are off flying to Rome to get a blessing from the Pope, but when they return they bring chocolate and gifts for the kids.

In the town of Verges in Spain, people join a parade dressed up as skeletons and reenact scenes from the Passion, the last skeleton in the procession carries a box with ashes. In Australia rabbits are considered pests, according to Reader’s Digest.

There’s even an Anti-Rabbit Research Foundation that campaigned to replace the Easter bunny with the Bilby, an animal with ears like a bunny and a longer nose like a mouse. Unfortunately, the Bilbies are in danger of extinction… is this a trick to get kids to eat less chocolate?

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