festivals and traditions

Salento and British Easter traditions

Hi there!

I’ve just received this post from our next-to-be blogger Davide and I found it very interesting. It’s about Easter traditions 🙂

Salento is a land where traditions are particularly respected, and during Easter time people prepare a lot of sweets which symbolize this festivity. If you come to Salento you can find the so-called “cuddhure”, a traditional sweet bread whose shape can represent different things (a doll, a basket, a puppet, a dove..), all of which seem to embrace an egg, the symbol of fertility. Did you know? In the past it was given as a present by young girls to their future husbands on Easter day or Easter Monday.

You can find something similar in Britain: the hot cross buns, small sweet breadrolls containing candied fruit with a cross on their tops, again the symbol of Christ.

As concerns traditions of pagan origins that can be found in Salento there is the “Quaremma”, that is a puppet hung on balconies representing an old ugly woman wearing a black dress, like a witch.

It marks the beginning of Lent, that’s to say from the end of Carnival to Easter Sunday, when it is burnt as a symbol of resurrection.

Have you ever seen one? 🙂

In Britain a tradition of  pagan origin is Easter Bunny Eggs Hunting. It’s strange the connection between rabbits and eggs. 😉

Even if rabbits  are known for their rapid rate of reproduction, they don’t lay eggs! Anyway, both rabbits and eggs are symbols of fertility; the legend says that the Easter rabbit hides painted eggs in the garden and children must try to find them.

In many parts of the UK children roll hard-boiled eggs down a hill, and the winner is the one who throws his egg the farthest.

In the U.S.A. the President and the First Lady organize an egg rolling competition on the ground of the White House for children and this is the only chance for tourists to tread the ground of the White House! 🙂

Can you think of other Easter traditions? 🙂

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