It’s nearly Easter and that means time to stock up on pickled fish, braai meat (remember N1 meat suppliers Cape Town and Johannesburg for the best in high-quality Halaal certified meat) and hot cross buns as we pack cars and prepare to spend time with family and friends. While here in South Africa we all have our own Easter traditions, it’s always interesting to see how other countries embrace Easter around the globe.
Easter in Europe
In North Western parts of Europe huge bonfires are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. There are many stories behind the significance of the fires, but the most common Saxon interpretation is that the fire is there to chase away the darkness of winter and herald the dawning of the spring. Today it’s more about bringing communities together and it’s seen as a chance to celebrate and overindulge with loved ones.
Easter in Norway
The Norwegians have a rather unique take on Easter, for them the long weekend becomes a time for Easter-Crime – they revel in all things murder-mystery, from reading crime novels to watching a selection of new crime detective series produced by all the major TV channels especially for Easter. For those that go away, it usually means a trip to the mountains – Easter weather is usually stable with lots of snow and sunshine making it the perfect time for skiing and other winter sports.
Easter in Sweden
Mostly a secular holiday, the Swedes prefer to celebrate this time of year with traditional food: eggs, fish and a dish called Jansson’s Temptation – potato, onion and picked sardines baked in cream. For the children it’s a time to dress up as witches, they wear old clothes and then go from house to house trading paintings and drawings for treats, after that they participate in a treasure hunt to find even more treats hidden away in an Easter egg.
Easter in Bermuda
The Bermudians have a lovely tradition of flying kites on Good Friday – it might seem strange at first, but the tradition apparently began with a local teacher from the British Army who, as a way of trying to explain Christ’s ascension to Heaven, made a kite in the shape of a cross and the rest is history. Bermuda kites vary in size and style – some have very intricate patterns and need a few men to get them aloft, others apparently make buzzing sounds as they fly by.
Like us the Bermudians love their hot cross buns, although they prefer their Halaal fish in fish cakes and not pickled. Regardless of where you may be this Easter or what your specific traditions are, from everyone here at N1 – JHB & Cape Town’s favourite meat wholesaler – Happy Easter, travel safe and enjoy the time with your loved ones.