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Easter traditions in New Zealand

Most of the retail stores and hospitality industries are closed on either Good Friday or Easter Sunday as it is considered illegal for them to be open on these religious occasions. The Kiwis are required to attend church services to celebrate the death as well as the resurrection of Jesus Christ and stay back home with their family over the Easter weekend. However, in the modern New Zealand, people use the weekend for socializing with friends, shopping and planning weekend getaways.

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Easter traditions in Papua - New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea the old beliefs have blended with Christian beliefs that had been introduced in the last century, which now form unique traditions for this part of the world.

In the Trobriand Islands Good Friday is regarded as the most important religious event in the year. About mid-morning a large number of people gather for a service in the settlement of Losuia. The youth from the surrounding villages present musical and other items on an Easter theme at this service. After the service is over people divide into small groups of family and friends for feasts in various homes.

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Easter traditions in Poland

Like the other central-European nations, Easter is a prominent festival in Poland also. The rich cultural heritage of Poland is reflected in the Eastertide celebrations. While religious ceremonies follow the rituals of the Christian church, Easter celebrations have imbibed elements of native Polish culture. There are several such traditions that seem to be the confluence of the polish and Christian culture. Therefore apart from some regular Easter rituals, there are certain Polish rituals which make Easter celebrations, a little different in the country.

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Easter in Portugal

Portugal, the westernmost edge of continental Europe, is a land of strong religious heritage and tradition, as is clear from the many unique local customs and celebrations that are repeated annually across the country at Eastertide.

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Easter in Scotland

Easter is a very important day in Scotland. In pre-Christian times, there was a Saxon festival called Eastre, later, it was integrated with the Christian festival. As per the historical records, Easter is also linked to Pagans and some of its traditions are even followed today.

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Slovak Easter Traditions

Easter is the most significant Christian holiday. Because it is a moveable holiday, its date changes every year.

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Easter celebrations in Slovenia

Easter celebrations in Slovenia start a week before Easter Sunday, on Palm Sunday. On that day we remember Jesus`s coming to Jerusalem.

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Easter traditions in Sweden

On the occasion of Easter in Sweden, people do attend church prayers and services. However, most of them look forward to the long Easter weekend as an opportunity for family reunion or a vacation in the beaches. As Easter is one of the best seasons to go for a vacation, holiday trips and fun-filled picnic mark the arrival of Easter season. The entire Easter week is observed with great zeal and enthusiasm along with parties, picnic and vacation.

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Easter traditions in Switzerland

Like in America and European countries, Easter celebration in Switzerland is marked by a growing commercialization with religious aspects of the festival taking a backseat. In the days leading up to Easter, chocolate bunnies, coloured eggs and special Easter cakes (Osterfladen) appear in shop windows and the Easter Sunday often starts off with an Easter-egg hunt. Nevertheless Easter is celebrated with regional flavor in different parts of the country.

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