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Popular Easter Traditions in Asia

Popular Easter Traditions in Asia

Image Credit: All China's Women's Federation

The celebration of Easter is one of the most important days on the Christian calendar, as millions rejoice and commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In western culture, this holiday is losing its religious significance as the commercialisation of the Easter Bunny and chocolate eggs take over.

Although Asia does not typically follow the same traditions as the western society, there is an abundance of surprising and unorthodox traditions which are celebrated each year.


Philippines 

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In comparison to the exchange of the chocolate eggs in western society, the Philippines takes a more traditional and literal route to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Philippines, men from the province of Pampanga re-enact the whipping of the stations of the cross and are nailed to a wooden cross with stainless steel nails into their hands and feet. This physical sacrifice is believed to bring upon the forgiveness of sins but also to rejoice new life. 


China 

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China celebrates the holiday by decorating and exchanging eggs as gifts, (as the religious implications are not so poignant within their culture.) The symbolism of painting an egg is meant to represent: new life, rebirth, growth and fertility. These eggs are drained and then painted with images of women or traditional designs. Alternatively, materials such as jade and wood are also carved into egg shapes. 


India

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Well known for its melting pot of diverse cultures and religions, India celebrates Easter with equal enthusiasm as any other holiday. However, instead of eggs given as gifts, India prepares Simnel cakes, flowers, and colour lanterns as presents to share. The start of Easter also signifies the end of winter, whereby India celebrates Holi festival also known as the "The Festival of Colour" which honours the start of a fruitful spring harvest season. 


If you aren't planning to visit Asia for Easter this year, easily achieve an authentic taste at home with out spice paste and sauces. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients,check out our wide range of products here

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