Easter in Germany is slightly different from that in Poland. Although our western neighbours have similar aesthetics or rather symbolism of this event (Easter eggs, egg shells or hare easter), it is in the celebrations themselves holidays we will find some differences. It is also worth noting that Easter traditions will also differ between different regions within Germany itself (the so-called Länder), due to the diverse populations and historical past of these territories.
Just like in our country, Germans treat the time of preparations for Christmas very seriously Easter. The tradition of fasting during such preparations is preserved there.
Maundy Thursday celebrated in Germany
Great Thursday in Germany is called Green Thursday. This is the first basic difference between us and our neighbours. Gründonnerstag, because that's what Green Thursday is called there Thursday Its name probably derives from medieval times, when this very word was used to call penitents. The color green is also associated with the robes that priests wear on that day. Green Thursday is connected with painting eggs green in Germany. In some parts of the country we can also come across the custom eating on this day green foods such as lettuce, spinach, chives, and similar vegetables.
Good Friday celebrated in Germany
Good Friday for Germans is a day of special prayer. A basic rule between us and our neighbors follows from this, as in Germany Good Friday is also a public holiday. You may also come across the name Silent Friday (Stiller Freitag) but mostly it's just Karfreita (Good Friday). There is a custom of holding a communal meal then, which consists of bread, water and wine. This event is called agape. Germans, however, are not in the habit of observing a strict fast on this day.
Holy Saturday celebrated in Germany
Karamstag - or the Great Saturday (sometimes also Stiller Samstag - Silent Saturday) is a day of very similar importance as in the country on the Vistula River. Saturday is a day of silence and contemplation. There is no celebration on this day mass saint. Germans do not have (as we Poles do), the tradition of ordination dishes and Easter baskets. In some states (mainly those in the north) parishes cultivate the tradition of lighting huge bonfires in front of buildings churches. During this event priests They light the fire and then light the Paschal candles to churcha and the faithful light their Easter candles.
Easter Sunday celebrated in Germany
Easter. The day begins with mass the early morning resurrection service. At breakfast, Germans cultivate the custom of knocking eggs together. Easter candles are lit on the tables, and sugar bunnies are placed next to them. After breakfast, German Easter children they search for hidden Easter eggs and sweets. The main dish on German Easter tables is roast lamb. Then there are various cakes and sweets.
Easter Monday is a day of ordinary rest. Germans do not know the concept of Smigus-Dyngus and spend this day in total relaxation. It is of course holiday.