Ahhh yes, Easter - that time of year when families gather to indulge in chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, and plenty of bunny-related fun.
But what about the celebration of this holiday around the world?
In some places, it's full of strange customs that you won't even believe! And every city in every region, and even every family can have different traditions.
Here's a light-hearted look at some unusual Easter traditions.
In Sweden, a popular part of the celebration is called “easter witch”. On Easter morning, people dress up as witches and go door to door looking for treats - much like our Halloween.
Slovakia also has its own version of Easter Witches - but here they take it a step further by having these costumed characters "fly" through town on huge brooms made of tree branches!
Searching for an adrenaline-fueled experience similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, try this one on for size. If you're a female visiting the Czech Republic or Slovakia around the Easter season, be prepared to get drenched in ice-cold water and then beaten with decorated willow branches! This strange splash and whip ritual is done in order to pass along the vigor and fertility of willows (since they are typically among the first trees that bloom during Spring) to young women.
This practice still takes place today as a playful game of tag. Aggressive ambushing is no longer acceptable.
In Finland, Easter celebrations are kicked off with what is known as "smoke sauna day." Participants gather in traditional smoke saunas, which fill up with hot steam, hoping to purify both body and soul before the festivities begin.
Meanwhile, in Milanese Italy, children get an interesting treat - sawdust eggs! These special eggs are filled with prizes like candy or coins and then buried under sawdust for kids to find on their hunt!
In Greece, families make sure their homes are blessed before the holiday begins. They do this by carrying out an egg-tapping game known as "tsougrisma" where they tap each other’s eggs until one breaks - only then can they celebrate the day properly.
Spain celebrates by holding processions on Palm Sunday like many other countries but also creates figures made of sugar called monas de Pascua (literally “Easter Monkeys”). These sugary little fellows have become so popular that now they come accompanied by many surprises!
And in parts of Eastern Europe you can find a traditional Hungarian dish called "Fozelek", which is made from barley grain and served during Holy Week. It's said that if someone eats three meals of Fozelek during this period, then all their sins will be forgiven!
One final quirky tradition comes from Croatia, where instead of giving chocolates for Easter Sunday - people give jars filled with hard candy coins. How sweet (literally)!
So, whether you're into egg-tapping games (Greece), flying witches (Slovakia) or jars filled with coins (Croatia) - there are plenty of unique ways to experience Easter around the world!