Mmm ham, deviled eggs and scalloped potatoes: the building blocks for a successful Easter dinner. For the United States at least. Have you ever wondered what Easter is like in other countries? With nearly one third of the world population identifying as Christians, it is no surprise that Easter is celebrated in very different ways, across a variety of cultures. Check out some of these unique traditions practiced and recipes used during the Easter season!
In Bermuda, the beginning of Easter celebrations is marked with the flying of homemade kites on Good Friday. The tradition is said to have started when a local teacher was having a difficult time explaining Christ’s ascension into Heaven to his Sunday school class. So, the teacher crafted a kite and flew it to symbolize the ascension. With colorful kites filling the sky, Bermudians feast on traditional delicacies like codfish cakes and hot cross buns. With flaky pieces of fish and smooth mashed potatoes, this recipe for codfish cakes is a great way to use up any leftover fish and potatoes you might have during the holiday. This year, replace your typical wheat rolls with this recipe for hot cross buns. With a hint of cinnamon and plenty of raisins, there’s a reason why this treat is so popular in Bermuda.
When the Easter bunny turns into the Easter chicken and crime novels hit the shelves, you know you’re in Norway. Easter Crime, or Paaskekrim, is widely celebrated in Norway with natives reading mystery novels and watching crime detective shows broadcasted during the Easter season. With nearly all commerce and business closed from Holy Thursday through the Monday after Easter, most families get their grocery shopping done early and head to the mountains to enjoy their vacation. One Easter staple found in every Norwegian home is the juicy, ripe orange- over 20 million oranges are eaten in Norway during Easter. This Easter, consider our orange-inspired Whole Roasted Chicken recipe, bursting with bright orange flavors and savory spices.
Europe lights up at the arrival of Easter, literally, as bon fires are lit across the country to celebrate spring finally overtaking winter. While bon fires originated as a way to chase away the winter darkness, they are now a popular reason for family and friends to get together and enjoy the Easter holiday. Try some of these recipes inspired by just a few of the diverse regions belonging to Europe:
During the Easter season, Haiti erupts into colorful parades and traditional sounds of “rara” music as natives play bamboo trumpets, maracas, drums and coffee cans. With a combination of Catholic and Voodoo traditions, Easter in Haiti is full of drumming, chanting and animal sacrifices. Despite their complex cultural traditions, Haitian food is quite simple, including things like fish, rice, beans and root vegetables. Try our simple recipe for Sparkle Baked Fish, juicy and flaky fillets of fish filled with flavor. Not a fan of seafood? Try this recipe for rice and red beans, a Haitian staple.