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841_Easter_Trads~ Traditions of a different kind~

In the wine-country village of Haux in France, a 30-year-old Easter tradition has become a special and much looked forward to treat for residents and visitors alike: An omelette cooked in an almost 12ft frying pan using over 5,200 eggs, 21 quarts of oil and 110 pounds of bacon, onion and garlic for 1,000 people!

Since 1965, in the eastern German town of Saalfeld, German pensioners, Volker and Christa Kraft spend almost two weeks every Easter, decorating their apple tree with over 10,000 Easter eggs. A sight to behold, it is exhausting just to think about the work involved both in putting them up and taking them down, let alone packing them away, whether you're retired or not.

In Guyana, it apparently is an oddity any other time of the year but on Easter Sunday and Monday, it is tradition to go kite flying. People of all religions take part in this festive, colourful celebration of Easter even though it has Christian connotations. It was originally held to symbolize Jesus Christ's rising from his grave and ascending to heaven.

Easter Monday in Poland is a day to stay indoors if you don't want to get soaked to the skin. Originally, it was a Polish custom for young men to sprinkle unmarried girls with holy water in the hopes of a romantic involvement – this has now evolved into a day that all boys and young men look forward to, especially those with sisters. Armed with water pistols, buckets and any contraption that holds water, groups of young men are out in city centres ready to throw water on any female that passes by. Apparently, if women do venture out, they do so dressed in raincoats and rubber boots since having water thrown at you is a traditional Easter Monday festivity!

In Corfu, Greece, where Easter is more important than even Christmas, it is a tradition to throw crockery and clay pots out of windows on Easter Saturday. Why you may ask? Apparently no one seems to know. Various opinions: It's a time to throw out winter and be ready for new things in spring; it's the joy and relief having gone through 40 days of lent and having abstained from indulgence; it's the rejection of Judas; it could also be that they have lost their marbles!

And the winner is? Norway! Traditionally a secular country, their Easter holidays stretch from Thursday to Monday inclusive. In addition to the special church services and family get-togethers common the world over, an Easter tradition particular or possibly peculiar to Norwegians is the reading of crime novels and detective stories. Every TV and radio channel produces a crime series for Easter and even the dairy company prints crime stories on their cartons!

However you spend your Easter, have a happy one. May it be with your loved ones and chocolate!

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