Do you have special Easter traditions?

LadyDuck flowers from Covid masks
By Anna
@LadyDuck (387401)
Switzerland
April 4, 2021 7:08am CST
We have the habit to decorate tree branches with painted eggs during the Easter weeks. The day of Easter we decorate the table with chocolate eggs and spring flowers, usually the Easter lunch include eggs, symbol of rebirth. In the north of Switzerland they play the Eiertütschen (eggs tapping) game. One participant holds an egg and taps the egg onto the egg of another, trying to break his egg without damaging his own. In the past raw eggs were used, right now boiled egg to avoid wasting. The photo is my Easter decoration. I made the flowers cutting the Covid medical masks. Do you have special traditions to share?
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@DocAndersen (55140)
• United States
4 Apr 21
we only have one long-standing tradition (a ham)! Easter dinner is our last and really only lasting tradition.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
We used to eat roasted goat or lamb for Easter, but I abandoned this tradition. We are only two and we eat very little. Enjoy your ham.
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@DocAndersen (55140)
• United States
4 Apr 21
@LadyDuck thanks! there are still 6 in our house, so that will not go to waste!
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
@DocAndersen I am sure that there will not go to waste.
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@Juliaacv (65722)
• Canada
4 Apr 21
That is such a pretty decoration, so imaginative that you used masks, they never looked so pretty. We decorate with foil wrapped chocolate eggs, and fill baskets or bowls with Easter treats. There are usually community Easter egg hunts on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, these cannot safely be held during these times. In years gone by I was Bucky the Bunny for the community Easter Egg Hunt in our little country village, when our son needed to get some volunteer hours in for high school, he took over that task and just loved it.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
Your tradition of egg hunts is really nice. We never had eggs hunts, but we received a large hollow chocolate egg with a surprise gift inside. I miss the big chocolate egg.
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@Juliaacv (65722)
• Canada
4 Apr 21
@LadyDuck The community Easter Egg hunt was great for us as our son did not have any siblings to hunt with. The kids would decorate their baskets before coming and Easter hats and we would hand out prizes for the best decorated. It was always such a great way to see everyone after a long winter of staying inside.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
@Juliaacv That was such a great traditions. I feel sorry for the young kids who are missing those traditions for a second year in a row.
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@louievill (28910)
• Philippines
4 Apr 21
Filipinos don't have much to show when it comes to Easter despite being the most dominant Catholic and Christian country in Asia. 300 years of Spanish colonialisation didn't produce much either, just the usual Easter bunny and egg hunt we probably got from the Americans which obviously is on hold now due to the pandemic You have a beautiful decoration.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
I think that the eggs hunt is a funny tradition for kids, something we never had in Italy. We had not a lot put aside the Easter mass followed by breaking the large hollow chocolate egg to discover the surprise gift hidden inside.
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@louievill (28910)
• Philippines
4 Apr 21
@LadyDuck sometimes I wonder why we hadn't gotten much Easter traditions from the Europeans especially from mother Spain when they brought in a lot of religious festivities
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
@louievill This is weird, I noticed that you have more American than European traditions.
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@Torunn (8604)
• Norway
4 Apr 21
There's some quite similar ones. Painting eggs, decorating branches, putting figures of chickens everywhere, and of course driving to Sweden on Easter Thursday to shop. Here all the shops are closed from quite early on Wednesday til Saturday, and then closed again on Monday. And of course today, but it's a Sunday, so no open shops anyway. This year I'm sticking to the "staying inside and glaring out at the bad weather"-tradition. It's really quite confusing, today we've had 3 seasons, right now it's really windy and snowing so now it's winter. That's a clever use of the medical masks. Much prettier than the ones being left all over the place
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
Putting figurines of chicks and rabbits is also a Swiss habit... not to mention all those chocolate rabbits made by Lindt, with the nice golden bell hanging on their neck. We had a nice day yesterday. The 19th of March we had 3 seasons in one day, heavy snow, bright sun followed by wind. I removed the inner part and hang them a few days outside before cutting and using them. We only wore those mask half an hour to go to the grocery store, I thought they were safe to use.
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@Torunn (8604)
• Norway
5 Apr 21
@LadyDuck Today we're having only one season til now, late winter of some sort. Wind and snow but +2 degrees. This much wind isn't normal in March/April, we usually have wind in the autumn and winter but it was harldy any wind in January/February. Maybe it's just getting back at us now ... I don't think there's anything left on them if you've dried them for several days. We had some mess at the university about sending around lists for people to sign, so they had to check how long the virus lives on paper. Turns out 30 minutes makes it difficult to send around lists, so we got electronic checks instead.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
@Torunn It was +6º C early this morning, it is +12 right now, a lot colder that the past days (we reached 28º C that is not at all normal). We have often wind, it is normal in March, but we used to have rain too. We had no rain and we need rain now. It is still unclear how long the virus lives on the surfaces, but I am sure not for several days if you let things outside in the open air.
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@much2say (54095)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Apr 21
That flowery branch is so cute, LadyDuck. Wow, you made them out of the medical masks - how very clever and symbolic of our times (I would never have guessed it!). I guess we have simplified all the holiday things here. On Easter we would normally go on Easter egg hunts at the park, and at home . . . and then have dinner with all the family. But this year, as last year, it's just us. I did grab some candy to fill in Easter bags and for the table . . . I just set it up this morning. Happy Easter to you and your husband!
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
My husband looked at the flowers and when I told him "they are from masks" he looked at me scared and asked "not used masks, I hope".. We never had the tradition of Easter egg hunts, I am sure that kids love. This year not even the Easter Mass, no one allowed inside the Church. Happy Easter to you and to your family.
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@much2say (54095)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Apr 21
@LadyDuck I know you would not use used masks - we do not need sprinkles of corona viruses to decorate . You did not grow up with Easter egg hunts? I wonder if that is an American thing. Although we only did it at home with just a few real eggs that we decorated. Now they use plastic eggs filled with candies and they have big community events (though I guess not this year either because of covid). We had a quiet Easter - nothing fancy this year, again.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
7 Apr 21
@much2say The Easter egg hunts is not only American, it is a tradition also in Germany, but it's not a tradition in the European catholic countries. In Italy we had those oversize chocolate eggs, the dove-shaped bread topped with almonds and sugar, the salami with fresh broad beans are served in the region of Rome.
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@Lucky15 (37398)
• Philippines
4 Apr 21
egg hunting that i guess it is not a Filipino tradition
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
I think that egg hunting is an all American tradition.
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@Lucky15 (37398)
• Philippines
5 Apr 21
@LadyDuck hahaha, we just copied it
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
@Lucky15 There is nothing wrong in this tradition.
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@wolfgirl569 (53903)
• Marion, Ohio
4 Apr 21
I used to decorate with plastic eggs and things. But as I have not got those out the last few years I might gather them up and donate them.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
I decorated a branch that I painted with painted eggs and I forgot to place on the table.
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@wolfgirl569 (53903)
• Marion, Ohio
4 Apr 21
@LadyDuck At least you decorated. I might get that stuff out today.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
@wolfgirl569 At least for Christmas you keep the decorations up several days, tomorrow I will put everything back in the box.
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@sjvg1976 (31155)
• Delhi, India
4 Apr 21
What an imaginative piece of work. Not being a Christian we don't celebrate Easter here, even don't know much about the tradition.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
Thank you, I thought that the colors would look nice on a branch. I can understand that you have other religious traditions. The Holi is a beautiful Festival.
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@sjvg1976 (31155)
• Delhi, India
4 Apr 21
@LadyDuck yes the colours are looking good.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
@sjvg1976 I have seen some photos online, it's a festivity of colors.
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@CarolDM (182726)
• United States
4 Apr 21
Such a pretty decoration. I live with memories now. We all got together and had a big meal. Then Easter egg hunts the rest of the day.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
Thank you Carol. We are only two now, I live with memories of the nice Easter day with both my parents still alive. I miss those days.
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@CarolDM (182726)
• United States
5 Apr 21
@LadyDuck I do as well Anna.
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@rakski (103063)
• Philippines
4 Apr 21
we usually wake up early to watch the 'Salubong' or the welcoming of the risen Christ then attend mass and have breakfast or brunch outside
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
We also used to attend Mass, but this year no one is admitted inside the Church, we have followed the Mass on TV.
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@rakski (103063)
• Philippines
4 Apr 21
@LadyDuck same here
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@jstory07 (119442)
• Roseburg, Oregon
5 Apr 21
No Easter traditions anymore. I like the Easter decoration that you made.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
Thank you Judy, I wanted to try to do something pretty from those masks.
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@LeaPea2417 (33571)
• Toccoa, Georgia
5 Apr 21
My town has a yearly chocolate egg hunt for the small children. It takes place at one of the local parks.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
This is a nice tradition that I see takes places in every American place.
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@RasmaSandra (53927)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
5 Apr 21
That is a lovely decoration, That is what we did in Latvia to hang colored eggs from branches. Also my husband and I love to fight with the eggs tapping to see whose shell would break first, Nice memories, I now longer do any decorating since I am on my own,
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
I can understand that living alone there is no incentive to decorate. I do because I like to have a nice table for my husband. I think that all European countries share the same traditions.
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@nela13 (49940)
• Portugal
4 Apr 21
Nice decoration! I put eggs in my garden and do some decorations inside. That game sounds a very funny one.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
I never did, I think that it is popular in other parts of Europe, but it has never been in Italy.
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@Edsamacos (523)
• Philippines
4 Apr 21
WE don't put up decors for Easter. We have Easter egg hunting for kids usually held at the malls.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
We do not have the egg hunting traditions, but we decorate the trees for Easter.
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@GardenGerty (143928)
• United States
4 Apr 21
I was just reading today about the tradition of decorating trees with eggs. My mother and grandmother did that one year. Today I went to church. there were a couple of Easter skits and then after service there was an egg hunt. We had a lot more people, and kids than usual but they planned for it. Your decoration is really pretty.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
Most people decorate a small tree outside, usually a fruit tree because the eggs are pretty with the spring flowers. No celebrations this year to avoid people gathering.
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@rebelann (97581)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Apr 21
What an interesting habit. I have heard of the Easter Egg Tree the Germans do but I have never seen one, or else I don't remember, I was 9 when we left Germany to go back to the US. I no longer follow any traditions, mom was the binding force for me and since she passed holidays no longer have any real meaning.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
My neighbors always decorate their cherry tree in the garden. The tree is very pretty with those pink flowers and the painted eggs. I will continue to decorate to keep some traditions alive, until my husband is with me.
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@1creekgirl (31282)
• United States
4 Apr 21
You're very creative...lovely flowers! When our kids were little, the "Easter bunny" would hide candy around the living room for the kids to hunt/find Easter morning. And a lot of churches would have egg hunts after church.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 21
Thank you, the masks looks prettier converted into flowers. I missed the "Easter Bunny" and "eggs hunts" I wonder if those traditions have been introduced in Italy.
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@Marty1 (69046)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 Apr 21
No special traditions here. when mommy was alive she would make me my own batch of hard-boiled eggs I didn't have to share with anybody! If my sister didn't visit with treats it would have been any other day to me. I love your decoration! do you plan to keep it displayed for the rest of spring or is it an Easter-only decoration?
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
I am glad that your sister visited, at least she made Easter a special day for you. May be I will put the little branch in a vase where I have other fake flowers and let it on display.
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@Marty1 (69046)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 Apr 21
@LadyDuck yes, my sister always tries to make holidays special for me! I never thought of putting it in a vase. that is a wonderful idea!
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
@Marty1 I have some branches that I painted in white and I glued silk flowers on them, they will go well together.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Apr 21
That was ingenuous using the medical masks for your decorations. We didn't have a traditional meal last night which is typically ham. Wwe spent a quiet evening at home. The game played there also seems like it would be extra messy when you used raw eggs.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
I agree that the game was extra messy when they used raw eggs and a waste of food, that is not good.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Apr 21
@LadyDuck especially since everyone was probably still in their easter best clothing.
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
5 Apr 21
@MarshaMusselman Well, you have to tap gently "squashing" the egg was not admitted.
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