How The Germans Celebrate Easter Season

Easter Eggs sold in Salzburg, Austria.
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Preparation

Do you know that Easter Bunny was originated in Germany and it symbolizes fertility? It was said that it was imported by Pennsylvania Dutch Settlers to America. Maybe it was Peter Minuit, who was a German and the founder of New Amsterdam (now New York) before it was sold to Stuyvesant.

Easter season in Germany is a celebration for young and old. It is a celebration for the end of winter and the coming of spring season and most of all the celebration for the resurrection of Christ.

Easter season starts here in Germany on Karfreitag ( Good Friday). Traditionally, the Germans only eat fish for their meals on that day. The shops, schools and offices are closed. On Good Saturday, the shops are open. The people who have still a lot to buy for the celebration can still do their shopping because the following two Easter days, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are holidays. It is a long weekend that most Germans go to other places or go to their neighbouring countries like Netherlands, Austria or Switzerland.

The Germans decorate their houses with Easter bunnies, yellow daffodils, baking Easter cakes, coloring and painting boiled eggs. Some gardens are decorated with colored empty eggs which are hanging on the branches. Families with small children are enjoying this very much.

Decorations:

  • Decorating a tree in your garden:

You have to empty an egg by making holes at both ends by using a needle. Then carefully blow the inside of the egg and the content will go out the other end. Don´t forget to put a bowl to catch the content of the egg. Put a holder for hanging by using a small piece of toothpick with a thread (which should be in the middle) inserted into the hole. See to it that the toothpick is small enough to hold the empty egg or else it will be broken. You can paint it with different food coloring you like. You can even paint a landscape. When it´s dry, you can hang it in your tree.

  • Coloring the boiled or empty eggs:

Note: Before you start with your work, cover your table with old newspapers so when you are finished, you can put it directly to the bin.

Put a stick for you to handle in one end of an empty egg so it´s easier for you to color or buy in the shop an egg coloring holder to hold the eggs while painting them. You can color your boiled eggs by buying a color paste to be put into hot or boiled water. Use different kettles for different colors. There are colored sticks to be used like pencils or Easter egg stickers in the shops to buy. These pencils and stickers are very handy and you will not be messing up the table.

Easter eggs sold in Salzburg, Austria.
Easter eggs sold in Salzburg, Austria. | Source

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, the children receive a nest made of straw. The kids start to look for the Easter eggs that the parents have hidden an hour or a day before the egg hunting party. The parents hide them everywhere. Inside and outside the house. Whenever the children find Easter eggs, they put them in their nest. Some Easter eggs are hidden inside the shoes that when the owner stepped in, the eggs are destroyed. When it´s a chocolate egg, then it will be melting under their feet.

Hunting the Easter eggs in the garden is more interesting for you, when you hide them under some plants and flowers, under the grass or under the ground. Sometimes the eggs are no longer there because the squirrel got them. When the hunting party is over, it´s time for coffee and cakes.


Chocolate Easter Eggs and Bunnies

The first chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies were made around 1800. Nowadays, there are lots of shops selling chocolate eggs, bunnies, Easter rabbits and chocolate lambs. You can choose from every taste and shape. All these edible sweets are used as gifts to our loving friends and families. Without these, Easter celebrations are unthinkable.


Happy Easter to all of you!



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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!


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twobmad 5 years ago from Myanmar(Burma)

@Thelma--- Happy EAster to you too. Thanks for the such information about the origin of Easter. It was only a recent thing for me to know about the easter eggs and bunnies.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you, twobmad. Enjoy your Easter holidays wherever you are. Thanks for your comment as well.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

It isn't close to Easter yet, but it is always fun to learn about holidays in other countries! I've enjoyed your hub, voted up!


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks stephaniedas for stopping by and giving a comment. Yes, it is fun to learn about other holiday tradition of other countries. Have a nice day.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

HAPPY EASTER 2012 TO ALL! I have just added some Easter photos which I have taken from my holiday in Salzburg, Austria last summer 2011.


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L.L. Woodard 3 years ago from Oklahoma City

Oh my gosh! Those pictures of Easter eggs in Austria are incredible.

Interesting to learn that the German Easter holiday traditions are not so different from those in the U.S.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Interesting to learn how the holiday is celebrated in a different country. Wonderful pictures.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, the Easter eggs in Austria shop are awesome. I´m sure the Easter celebration in Germany are not so different than yours although I don´t know much about American Easter. I will be reading online about it later to know more. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing my hub to others L.L.Woodard. Have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for stopping by truthfornow. Yes, learning how different countries celebrate Easter is very interesting. One can see how Christianity was spread around the world. Have a great week!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I enjoyed learning how Germany celebrates Easter. It is not very different from here in the US. Apparently it hasn't changed much in all these years either. It is nice to know that a tradition has remained the same for so many years. Voting up and interesting! :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi sgbrown,

Yes, Easter in Germany has not changed much. Coloring eggs for Easter is still a tradition for every family. This is always the fun side for the small children painting their eggs with different colors and of course the egg huntings in the garden. Thanks for stopping by;-)


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Hi Thelma,

really interesting hub that you have here

about how Germany the Easter season.

I would imagine that every country celebrates differently

depending on their culture and beliefs.

thanks for the read.

voted up.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Torrilynn,

Yes, every country celebrates differently. In the Philippines. the people celebrate Holy Friday by doing the processions of the "dead" body of Christ. Some towns and cities are demonstrating and playing the agony of Christ before HIS death. Some men are practicing flagellation and being nailed at the cruz as a form of penance.

Thanks for stopping by Torrilynn;-)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Thelma,

It was still generally very cold in Wisconsin around Easter so my parents hid our Easter baskets in our home including closets and the basement. It was always a fun time discovering them. In the south, many Easter egg hunts are done in the yards and gardens. We have also participated in that...even as adults. Coloring of the eggs was always a fun project. Thanks for telling us how the Germans celebrate the Easter season. Enjoyed reading this and seeing your photos. Voted UUI and will share. Happy upcoming Easter!


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Cathy Fidelibus 3 years ago from NJ

Great pictures, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. We do things very similarly it's the one day my kids get to eat candy before breakfast!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I love reading about the traditions of different countries. Thank you for sharing this information with us.


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steffsings 3 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Interesting hub with such beautiful and vibrant decor. Agreed... Each country or culture may have a slightly different tradition, though we generally share the same theme. I appreciate the detailed descriptions on this topic, and thanks for ringing in the Easter spirit.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Peggy,

I´m lucky I´ll spend my Easter in the hot Philippines and bring the German Easter tradition to my Filipino family and will be coloring and hiding colored eggs in the garden like last year. My nieces, nephews and even my siblings were enjoying this German tradition. They love to have this Easter eggs hunting again. That would be a great fun for us all. Thanks for your visit and for sharing this hub to others. Advance Easter Season;-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Cathy,

Nice to meet you here in HP. Your children are surely happy having their Easter chocolate breakfast before hunting the Easter eggs. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great sunday!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

You´re welcome Deborah-Diane! Thanks for your visit. Have a lovely sunday!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you steffsings for your visit. Advance Happy Easter. Have a lovely Sunday!


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lindacee 3 years ago from Southern Arizona

Thought I would check out this Hub since Easter is right around the corner. What a marvelous description of German Easter festivities and traditions! Loved the accompanying photos as well! A beautiful and informative Hub. Well done!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi lindacee, nice meeting you here in HP. Yes, how past the time is. It´s time again for Easter preparation for our family. How about the Easter in your country? Is it similar to the Germans? Thanks for dropping by and for giving a wonderful comment. Have a lovely weekend!


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I spent three weeks in Germany while my Marine son was stationed there. I brought home a lovely painted egg with a nativity scene on it, but no easter eggs. What a nicely done hub - voted up and interesting, and sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi mperrottet, good to know that you have spent some weeks in Germany. I hope you like it. Maybe you were not in Germany at Easter time because there would be lots of Easter eggs on sale. Thanks for your visit and for your sharing. Have a great week!


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poetryman6969 20 months ago

Sounds like a fun an festive holiday. Surely nobody eats as many eggs as I seen beneath that Easter tree?


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida

I loved your photos! I've never heard of an Easter egg tree before. I made Easter baskets for my children until they were grown! I'd hide them all over the house. Now, I have the joy of making them for my grandchildren.

Voted this UP, and will share cause Easter is coming!


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Hi poetryman6969! Yes, it´s a fun season. The photo above was inside a shop in Salzburg Austria where Easter Eggs were sold. Thanks for your comment.


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Mary!

The Germans are making an Easter egg trees and decorated with selfmade Easter eggs. Some trees in the garden are even decorated with colored empty eggs. I think that´s a German tradition. Try it Mary and it´s beautiful. Enjoy your Easter hunting.

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