Easter in Germany is regarded as the biggest festival for the locals of Germany. It is believed that the traditions of Easter have originated from this country. If you are in Germany in this season you will see people passing by greeting you ‘Frohe Ostern’. This means happy Easter in German. There country is filled with rich traditions which will enchant you. Easter in Germany starts with the covering of the cross on Good Friday. There are midnight masses which are conducted in the church and also the grand feast which people enjoy on Easter Sunday. The houses are decorated with rich color and children are running around collecting Easter eggs.
The modern traditions of Easter have all originated from Germany. The Easter bunny and the Easter egg were first seen in this country. Germany is also known as the birth place for Osterhase which is the Easter bunny. Easter tree is also seen commonly in this season in Germany. The story which is told to kids is that the Easter bunny hides their Easter eggs and chocolates and returns them on Easter Sunday. The Easter eggs are exchanged by families and these eggs are also used to cook the Easter feast. The unique aspect of cooking with these eggs is they are not broken. They make two pin holes on either side of the egg and blow their contents into the cooking pan. Hence the shell is kept intact and is saved as a good will for the rest of the year.
Another important decoration item for Easter in Germany is the Easter tree. It is a symbolic decoration which denotes the starting of the Easter season. Every house in Germany keeps an Easter tree ready for the Easter season. Unlike the Christmas tree, Easter tree is decorated with empty egg shells which are hanged on the tree as decorative items. Also there are colorful ribbons which are tied all around the Easter tree. This is a unique aspect of Easter in Germany and hence it is a specialty of this country. Every family gathers around the tree and has their Easter feast on the eve of Easter.
‘Fasching’ is a very famous carnival which is organized after the Lent season. This carnival is a mark of the beginning of Easter in Germany. The Fasching parade is organized in the city of Cologne where people wear fancy dress and walk. All the locals of the city come on to the streets wearing masks and big papier-mache heads to entertain the non-locals and tourists.
In some villages of Germany, people form groups and walk on Easter. This walk is to commemorate the walk of Jesus Christ which he took to his death. This Easter walk is also considered as a very important activity on Easter in Germany. The Easter Fire is a very unique custom which is followed by the locals of Germany. They collect all the Christmas trees and burn them to form a huge bonfire. This fire is to bid adieu to the chilly winter and welcome the spring which gives birth to new life. This is exactly the symbolic representation of resurrection of Jesus.