It’s all about the fancy dress over in Sweden, with children dressing up as ‘Easter witches’ so they can visit neighbouring houses to trade paintings and drawings for sweets. As for what’s on the menu, Swedes like to eat eggs, herring and Jansson's Temptation (potato, onion and pickled sardines baked in cream) over the Easter period.


Germans will pile up their old Christmas trees and burn them on Easter Sunday and Monday, signifying the end of winter and the start of spring. It’s a festive night, with adults enjoying alcohol and food as they watch the fires chase away the remainder of winter.


On Easter Monday, Polish boys will try to drench people with buckets of water and water pistols. It is said that if a girl gets soaked with water that day, she will marry later that year!


On the morning of Easter Saturday, the islanders throw pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows to smash on to the street. Many believe it symbolises the start of spring, while wakening the crops that will grow in the new pots.


The medieval Spanish town of Verges performs the ‘death dance’. Locals dress in skeleton costumes and parade the streets, with the fiesta beginning at midnight and going on until 3am.


Bermudians fly home-made kites, eat codfish cakes and scoff hot cross buns on Good Friday. The kites are made of coloured tissue paper, wood, metal and string, and are thought to symbolise the Ascension.


In Mexico it is traditional to burn an effigy of Judas, the betrayer of Jesus. It is usually burned on the Friday or Saturday before Easter, and can sometimes be filled with fireworks for added effect. This can also be seen in, Greece, Venezuela, Crete, Portugal, and Spain.


Chocolate eggs are not on the menu if you visit this part of South America over Easter. Colombians like to feast on iguanas, turtles and large rodents over the festive period - presumably because they’ve had enough cocoa through the rest of the year!

Antigua Guatemala

Here, they really go to town celebrating Easter, with holy vigils and religious parades, attended by thousands of visitors dressed in black. Floats with images of Jesus are carried through the cobbled town, followed by funeral marching bands and a thick mist of incense along streets filled with sawdust, pine needles and flowers.

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