How do people celebrate Easter around the world

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Business Insider recently reported, that the Easter holidays aren't always spent in church, painting eggs and eating chocolate. Many countries have their own Easter myths and legends which have now become as established as Bible-inspired celebrations.

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Amateur actors re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Wuppertal, western Germany on April 19, 2019. - Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo credit should read INA FASSBENDER/AFP/Getty Images)
Amateur actors re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Wuppertal, western Germany on April 19, 2019. - Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo credit should read INA FASSBENDER/AFP/Getty Images)
Firework Display At Scoppio Del Carro
Group of llamas parading during the Palm Sunday of Easter at Ayacucho, the capital city of the Huamanga Province, Peru. The llamas are beautifully harnessed with multicolored ribbons and provided with bells around their necks. Ayacucho is the 'City of Churches' and it is very famous for the celebration of the Holy Week of Easter.
Traditional Easter Holy Week Procession in San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife Island, Canary Islands, Spain, Europe
Locals taking part in the Resurrection Parade on Easter Sunday, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Spain, Europe
Leon, Nicaragua - March 30, 2018. People gather in the Barrio Sutiava, where 'carpets' are made depicting images of the story of Easter using colorful sawdust.
Jesus of the Judgement is a famous procession on Good Friday (Early Hours) in Seville. It belongs to the religious brotherhood of 'Macarena', the most popular in Seville
Penitents, Nazarenos, procession in the typical penitential robes, Semana Santa, Good Friday, Pollenca, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Easter eggs on a fountain in the city.
Easter eggs on a fountain in the city.
Decorative Easter eggs on a fountain in the city
Salamanca, Spain; March 2017: procession of the Brotherhood of Penance of Our Father Jesus Stripped of his Clothes and Mary Most Holy of Charity and Comfort on Palm Sunday.
Salamanca; Spain; March 2015: Traditional Spanish Holy Week procession, Image of Jesus riding a donkey, during the celebration of Palm Sunday in the streets of Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain, March 2017: Procession of the Borriquilla, the Brotherhood of Jesus Friend of the children as they pass through the Main Square of Salamanca
Antigua, Guatemala - March 11, 2018: Decorating dyed sawdust Lent carpet to be trampled by processions in town with famous Holy Week celebrations
Baskets containing a sampling of Easter food are brought outside Mariacki Basilica in Krakow to be blessed on Holy Saturday by the Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski. The blessing of the Easter baskets - Swieconka ceremony, is the one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday with origines dating back to the early history of Poland. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A sampling of traditional Easter food are brought outside Mariacki Basilica in Krakow to be blessed on Holy Saturday by the Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski. The blessing of the Easter baskets - Swieconka ceremony, is the one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday with origines dating back to the early history of Poland. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A basket with some traditional sausages, seen on the table outside Mariacki Basilica in Krakow to be blessed on Holy Saturday by the Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski. The blessing of the Easter baskets - Swieconka ceremony, is the one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday with origines dating back to the early history of Poland. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A traditional family Easter bread with 'Alleluja' inscription on, seen on the table outside Mariacki Basilica in Krakow to be blessed on Holy Saturday by the Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski. The blessing of the Easter baskets - Swieconka ceremony, is the one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday with origines dating back to the early history of Poland. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Catholics attend Good Friday services at St. Matthew’s Cathedral April 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Christians around the world marked Good Friday today as Easter arrives on Sunday.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: Parishioners from Our Lady Queen of the Americas walk down Connecticut Avenue during a Way of the Cross procession to St. Matthew’s Cathedral April 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Christians around the world marked Good Friday today as Easter arrives on Sunday.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Amateur actors re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Wuppertal, western Germany on April 19, 2019. - Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo credit should read INA FASSBENDER/AFP/Getty Images)
Amateur actors re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Wuppertal, western Germany on April 19, 2019. - Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo credit should read INA FASSBENDER/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis prepares to carry a crucifix during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday at St Peter's Basilica, on April 19, 2019 in the Vatican. - Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis lies on the ground to pray during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday at St Peter's Basilica, on April 19, 2019 in the Vatican. - Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Traditional hand painted Easter eggs (Polish: Pisanki) seen for sale in Krakow's Easter Market on Maundy Thursday, the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. 'Pisanki' symbolise the revival of nature and the hope that Christians gain from faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Penitents cry during the 'Cristo de los Gitanos' (The Gypsy) brotherhood Easter procession in Granada on April 17, 2019. - Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Chocolatiers decorate a giant chocolate egg at Cadbury World in Birmingham to celebrate Easter. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Dana Mroueh, owner of the handmade organic raw chocolate factory 'Mon Choco', decorates chocolate Easter eggs at her chocolate factory, in Abidjan on March 27, 2019. - Ivorian Dana Mroueh, of French-Lebanese descent, created the organic chocolate factory 'Mon Choco' three years ago, where cocoa beans are processed with the help of a bicycle to have a minimal impact on environment. Ivory Coast leads the world in production and export of the cocoa beans. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 24: Chocolate Easter eggs ready to be decorated on display in the lab of pastry chef Nicolo Moschella on March 24, 2018 in Milan, Italy. Chocolate eggs, often containing tiny surprises, are Italians' delicacies of choice to celebrate Easter festivities. (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)
Simnel cake .Traditional English easter cake with marzipan.
Easter. Marble brown Easter eggs on the table. Easter cake. Selective focus, close-up, toning, blur.
Simnel cake, traditional British easter fruit cake, with marzipan on the top, topped with12 slightly browned marzipan balls, yellow ribbon band, isolated on white
Colomba - italian easter dove cake on old rustic grey board. Selective focus, free text space.
Neapolitan pastiera made with the classic recipe
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For instance, on the Greek island of Corfu, people throw huge clay pots onto the streets. In Finland, young girls dress up as witches and to drive the bad spirits away they ask for chocolate.

Of course in Britain and Ireland chocolate eggs, Simnel cake and hot cross buns are still popular with children and adults alike.

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