Aside from the Easter egg, however, other beloved Easter traditions, such as the Easter bunny, the Easter egg hunt, the eating of Easter chocolates and hot cross buns, continue while more unusual ones, such as the making of giant omelettes and the burning of Easter fires, also exist.
Here’s a quick look at the more fascinating Easter traditions in France, Germany and the United Kingdom:
As a historically Catholic country, it comes as no surprise that France celebrates Easter. Old childhood tales relate that French children receive chocolates on Easter morning not from the fabled Easter bunny, but from flying church bells. In the story, church bells fly to Rome to fetch chocolates for children from Good Friday till the end of Black Saturday (mourning the death of Jesus Christ), hence no church bells ring on those days. Meantime, in a village near the southern town of Toulouse, according to Conde Nast Traveller, the villagers get together for a unique annual Easter tradition, making a giant omelette involving about a dozen cooks and around 15,000 eggs. The omelette is then sliced up into portions and served with bread to all the villagers and households.
Eggs and bunnies are two of the oldest symbols of Easter in Germany and every spring, stores and boutiques are full of displays of eggs and bunnies made of chocolate, cardboard or flowers in different sizes and wrappings. In 19th century Germany, according to Foodimentary.com, sugar bunnies were already in production and bunny-shaped tins, used for chocolate molds, have been traced back to Munich in the 1850s.