Easter traditions

Why we celebrate Easter – common facts

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. It is the most important Christian festival and it is celebrated at two different times. In Western Christianity, the date of Easter is based on the Gregorian calendar, the Eastern Christian tradition bases its calculations of Orthodox Easter on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar by 13 days. However, both Western and Eastern churches agree that Easter should be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, but always after Passover.

Spring also means the coming back to life of plants and trees that have been dormant for winter, as well as the birth of new life in the animal world. Easter is the festival so connected to spring we find all over symbolism of new life and rebirth, it was only natural to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at this time of the year. Eggs are a symbol for new life, as well hares or rabbits are, especially because of their amazing powers of fertility. This explains why in many countries the Easter bunny brings colored eggs at this traditional festival.


Read more about different Easter traditions in the Danube contries:

Easter traditons in Romania

by Timisoara Writer’s League


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Easter traditions in Slovenia

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Easter traditons in Romania

Faith, tadition, customs, legends

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Easter traditons in Serbia







Pictures from Biljana Pejovic, from Backa Planaka, Serbia


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Easter traditions in Poland

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