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Your Easter Traditions?

Hey everyone! I'm just curious how you and your family celebrate Easter here in Switzerland. Do you still do what you did in your native country? Do you do what the Swiss do? Or some kind of mix? Our little one is now two years old and I'm still trying to figure out what to do for Easter. Thanks for your replies and suggestions... Happy Easter
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

Once again this year at the Bern childrens' Zoo, Tierpark Dählhözli Bern, the Easter Bunny is giving away 600 Easter eggs to children on Easter Sunday 8. April 2012, from 14.00 to 16.00 Uhr in the Vivarium and outside in the Tierpark Dählhölzli

http://www.tierpark-bern.ch/_aktuell/news_2.html

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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

On Easter Sunday hubby and I hide two Easter nests somewhere in the yard or the house (depending on the weather). There is a chocolate bunny in the nest. Also we hide the eggs we painted previously for the Easter egg hunt. We used to do it very early in the morning so that they don't see us. On Saturday night we used to put out a carrot for the easterbunny which the kids would find nibbled in the morning. I guess they are too old for that know...

Traditionally we also happily watch the news about the traffic jam at the Gotthard tunnel
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

I still like to have have a hot cross bun for breakfast on Good Friday, and I would love it if the Easter bunny would still be able to find me in Basel to drop off a proper Easter egg ( chocolate covered, marshmellow preferably with the orange yolk inside. )
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

Most families here decorate an Easter tree - they hang blown and decorated eggs on a bush, and other Easter decorations, chicks, bunnies, etc. Those who do not have a suitable tree will find a large branch from the woods and plant it in the garden or in a pot on the balcony. And of course most communities organise a big Easter egg hunt for the children.

For those in the Neuchatel area, the ski area of La Robella, in Buttes near Fleurier (accessible by train) organise a big chocolate Easter hunt this Monday 9th - the children hunts will depart at 10.oo and 11.oo - and the big race opened to all at 14.30. 4000 chocolate eggs and other prizes- lots of activities for children and free access to the big Luge run. For those in the Yverdon area, up to StCroix and down to Buttes.
Entrance for adults 5CHF, and 2CHF for children, 5 and under free.
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?



Yes yes, I will try hard to escape the horrors of barbarian pagan Czech Easter traditions.

Alhtough, my girl seems to be very interested in all this whip making, egg painting and cooking festive food. Just have to tell her to run when she sees a guy with a whip.
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

We had Czech students staying with us in the UK some years back and they asked where to find willow branches - so off we went to find some. They then showed be how they platted the twigs to make a whip - and were most upset that I and my girls just refused to be whipped by them as per tradition They tried to explain they would just pretend - but our reply was a firm 'NO'.
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

Having found out that Germans also do the "hiding the Easter eggs" thing - we don't in my home country! We just eat the chocolate without "hide and seek" involved - I will be buying a bunch of chocolate eggs and hide them around my OH house and garden. He is not a kid, but when I said I would do that, the excited look on his face was priceless!

Then, lunch with great friends at a new (to me) restaurant, and then heading down south to eat roasted lamb with herbs and risotto with luganiga with my family. And yes, I will be going by train, reading a book, enjoying a coffee, and feeling very sorry for those people driving in a queue at the Gotthard
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Yes yes, I will try hard to escape the horrors of barbarian pagan Czech Easter traditions.

Alhtough, my girl seems to be very interested in all this whip making, egg painting and cooking festive food. Just have to tell her to run when she sees a guy with a whip.
The Czech Republic is where I first saw trees decorated with eggs. Lovely! It's also the only country where I have seen nicely plaited willow twigs, colourfully entertwined with fluttering, bright ribbons..... OUCH! I was stung right through the layers of my sleeping bag. NEVER AGAIN!!!!! The retribution of being able to throw water over the guys, just doesn't seem a fair exchange.

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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

Hard boiled egg race!
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

It's true, it's not fair..People do not really do the water in the afternoon, either, they are too stuffed with festive food. On the other hand, since ladies are respected and men expected to be courteous all the time, it's only one day of "revenge" as my brothers always excitedly argued when they were chasing me. It's really symbolic and supposed to freshen the chick up, in order to stay fertile and energetic (huh...ugh..some weird S/M stuff, who knows), but it is true that some guys put their heart in it, and then it's just good ol spanking. Auuuch.

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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

I had a big Sicilian-Canadian family and we had a lot of traditions that were based purely on gluttony. We did a big Easter Egg hunt, but it was never hidden from us that our parents were the ones to hide them. Good Friday is often a bigger celebration than Easter itself (which was dominated by chocolate anyways) and for many members of my family, it is a meal we look forward to more than Christmas dinner. We had a big vegetarian family meal, with pasta cooked with potato-tomato sauce and with some "sawdust" (dry bread crumbs with anchovies) to sprinkle over it. We also had stuffed artichokes which are slow-baked with a breadcrumb/butter/herbs/parmesean stuffing. There is a special technique to eating stuffed artichokes, and we loved it when newcomers would come to the table and gawk at the things. Just writing this down is making me realize the sheer amount of carbs we would have!
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Hey everyone! I'm just curious how you and your family celebrate Easter here in Switzerland. Do you still do what you did in your native country? Do you do what the Swiss do? Or some kind of mix? Our little one is now two years old and I'm still trying to figure out what to do for Easter. Thanks for your replies and suggestions... Happy Easter
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but not before taking The Light from the priest...and it is quite a challange to get back home from the church with a litten candle..



and in the second day of the Easter we "wet" the girls so their beauty doesn't fade away (it is said that the girls are like flowers)..


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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

Ohh all this whipping and stuff reallly makes an English easter seem very tame indeed. We just paint faces on our boiled eggs follwed by a hunt for overproced cardboard boxed easter eggs in the house if its raining (usually is) or garden if it isnt.
I love the swiss boughs decorated with ribbons and eggs and its a tradition I intend to take home with me to the UK when time comes. !
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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

Swiss Post offers a competition on knowledge of Easter traditions, possible to win a €250 prize

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Swiss Post offers a competition on knowledge of Easter traditions, possible to win a €250 prize

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correct answers are,
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Q3 Poland
Q4 UK
Q5 Ireland
Sadly, only useful if you live in the UK
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Our traditions are:
Chocolate Easter egg hunt for the children.
Hot cross buns.

Next year I'll do the branch thing with the blown out painted eggs.
I didn't do it this year as I have a toddler who would rather destroy the decor than appreciate it for its beauty. Go figure.
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Since Easter eggs are already for sale......
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Since Easter eggs are already for sale......


Oh craps. Really? Where? Which shops do I have to boycott... don't tell me, all of them...


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Re: Your Easter Traditions?

Whole goats, pigs, and lambs on the BBQ!

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