Easter in Germany
In Germany Easter is started by covering/draping the cross on Good Friday. On this day most people in Germany eat dishes which have fish in them. Easter starts with mass, which is started on Saturday evening and continues until Sunday morning. On Sunday it is Family Day on this day they have a special Easter lunch and they have colored eggs and a cake which is shaped like a lamb. They also eat other sweet foods such as cookies, cake and chocolate and the best part of the day is the hiding of the eggs and cookies in the garden. Another tradition is the Easter Fire which is where all the old Christmas trees are gathered up and burnt in a special place, this is done so as to clean away the last signs of winter and moving onto spring. So today and tomorrow I will be a baking queen!
How do I celebrate Easter in Germany. I am a JAmerican. What is that? This is what my friends called me because I was born in Jamaica but raised up in America and share most of the American customs and tradition than the Jamaican’s. But I love both places the same:) On that note I start my Easter by celebrating Good Friday. Good Friday in my family tradition from centuries and way back we always eat bun and cheese throughout the day and drink grape juice/wine (adult). But not any regular bun. It had to be the Easter bun. I am literally laughing as I am writing this because I lived so many places that each year I had to hunt down an Easter bun or ask my mother to mail me a piece, lol. The Easter bun is normally imported from Jamaica or New York. You might call it a fruit bun but I call it an Easter bun plus that is what it says on the packet, lol, marketing skills, lol. The cheese would have to be a soft cheese. I use to only eat a certain brand but now I got over it and said cheese is cheese plus the brand I normally eat once a year (Tastee Cheese) is ridiculous expensive but goooooood! On Good Friday, Jamaican tradition, we are not suppose to eat anything that touch the fire that day! We could eat something from the night before but can’t warm it up so bun and cheese it is! We are not suppose to work, clean house, or anything but just enjoy our family, loves ones, and friends. Pretty much a day to relax and be grateful of what you have. When midnight come my husband always laugh at me because I go straight in the kitchen and cook me something to eat or hunt down a Coney Island/7 Eleven, lol. For the 9 years we have been together, John, has been following my tradition even though he does not have to. He say he can hang it is only for one day. So far so good.
For Easter I normally have a nice Easter feast. One of my family members would hold a dinner over their house and we rotated and when no one was in the mood to host dinner my mom, brothers, and I would have a candle light dinner among ourselves. Here in Germany all I have are my husband parents and family in which I love like my own. They live 6-8 hours away so it is it not like a every weekend or holiday trip but we tend to try our best. Even though I can’t have my own family here I have my other family members who I love and viversa to still celebrate this event with.
Church on Easter. In the State I went to church sometime on Easter but I think almost everyone does because they think they have to go. I go once a while because I think the children look great in their Easter best. We went here to church last year for me to do my mental note comparison. I am always mentally comparing something in my head. The children here I have notice at least in Esslingen wear normal clothing compare to America children Easter Sunday best.
Now I must get out out of here and get all my supplies to make my own Easter bun this year and goodies to share! I am wishing all of you a wonderful Easter Holiday!
How do you celebrate your Good Friday and Easter?