Easter is a religious holiday celebrated in all Christian countries. The significance of Easter is the same across the countries however Easter traditions, as well as Easter food, is very different. Many customs have their origin from pagan times and social traditions in different regions of Europe. There are many common things like Easter eggs and some form of Easter bread, however, there are many traditions which will surprise you.
While everyone in the world has the Easter bunny to bring chocolate eggs, in Australia bunnies (or rabbits) are considered to be pests. Rabbits are not native to the continent and were brought over for domestic breeding, however, they broke loose and multiplied very quickly. Massive destruction of crops and land was caused by this tiny animal so rabbits became outlaws. Choosing bilby instead of a bunny was the right choice as bilbies are indigenous to Australia and are currently an endangered species. This promotes supporting animals local to Australia and still enjoying delicious chocolate.
2. Poland and Hungary
“Sprinkling” or simply pouring water on each other is an Easter Monday tradition popular both in Poland and Hungary. It is believed that water will bring healing and prosperity. While in Poland it is thought that soaked girls will marry within a year, in Hungary spraying someone with water (or perfume/cologne) is just showing affection and asking for a kiss.