Easter customs in Germany Colored eggs everywhere…..
Easter in Germany is the time for colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, bonfires and spring cleaning. Look through the windows of a typical German household these days and you can’t help but notice how the rooms are decorated with clay bunnies, crocuses, yellow daffodils and branches hung with painted eggs.
It is really impossible to imagine Easter without such an attribute as colored eggs. This is a tradition dating back to the 16th century to exchange colored eggs as Easter presents. Later, it became a custom for young people who were in love with each other, to give the decorated eggs to their sweethearts.
The Easter bunny and the hunting for eggs
Eggs and bunnies are two of the oldest symbols of Easter in Germany and every
spring shops boom with eggs and bunnies made of chocolate, cardboard or flowers in different sizes and wrappings.
The tradition for using eggs and bunnies for Easter originates from pagan worshipping
rituals where they were symbols of fertility and new birth and traditionally used for
celebrating the coming of the spring.
On Easter Sunday, children hunt for eggs and bunnies. That means: They go into the garden of their house, where somebody else
hid the eggs, to find them.
In general, the customs relating to children's gifts have also changed. What once were conventional little gifts, have now become more or less "surprise presents" brought by the Easter Bunny, as little children believe.
Another typical German tradition is the Easter bonfire. On the night of Easter Sunday, the Germans light big bonfires across the country to welcome the sun and the spring. Much of the wood used for the bonfire is old Christmas trees which have been collected and saved for the occasion.
The Easter bonfire welcomes the spring and the sun.
The bonfire is an old pagan ritual and in the past peasants used to watch the fire carefully because superstition said the fields would be fruitful and the households protected from sickness as far as the light from the fire reached. Today the event is mainly a social gathering and an excuse for the Germans to get together and celebrate over a beer. The party often continues well into the night at the local pub.