More to Chew On: Easter Around the World

By The Chew Crew Mar 22, 2013

Americans know all about Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts, and the Easter bunny, but these iconic Easter items are not universal.  Let’s take a look at how the rest of the world does Easter:
 
France
 
French children are not visited by a bunny.  Instead, a flying bell comes from Rome to bring them chocolate eggs on Easter morning.
 
Poland
 
Easter Monday in Poland is called Smigus Dyngus or “Wet Monday” because men and boys pour water on women and girls.  It began as a Polish cleansing ritual, but is now celebrated throughout the world.  Buffalo, NY has one of the largest Smigus Dyngus celebrations in the U.S.
 
The Czech Republic
 
On Easter Monday in the Czech Republic, people spank each other with pomlázka: traditional Czech whips made of braided willow rods, with colored ribbons at the end.  Legend says that the spanking is key to keeping their health and beauty during the next year.