Easter traditions in Germany

Old German Easter postcard paukrus/Flickr

Old German Easter postcard ©paukrus/Flickr

Just like in many Christian countries all around the world, Easter is one of the major holidays in Germany. Commemorating the crucifixion and His resurrection, Easter is very important for Christians. There are several traditions relating to Easter season which can be very attractive for those who respect traditions and are interested in foreign countries’ ones. If you would like to find out which are the Easter traditions in Germany, perhaps planning a journey to this country during this feast, the following guide is a must-read for you! Below I will present you the traditions relating to Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I hope it will help you understand their traditions.

Good Friday traditions

Good Friday is the day Jesus Christ was crucified. It is a very important day for Christians. So it is in Germany, too. It is a day of mourning for Christians. On Good Friday Germans don’t eat meat, except fish. Karfreitag (Good Friday) is a quiet day in Germany. If the first day of your visit to Germany is Karfreitag, be prepared for peaceful atmosphere. Maybe go to a church which is usually full on Good Fridays.

Old German Easter postcard paukrus/Flickr

Old German Easter postcard ©paukrus/Flickr

Easter Saturday traditions

Easter Saturday is also a quiet day in Germany. People usually prepare for the Easter celebration. The majority of Germans plan and prepare the Easter meals, bake the traditional Easter Lamb, eventually bake the cute Easter Bunny cake. If there are smaller children in the family, they also color the traditional Easter eggs. These eggs are hidden by the parents in their gardens next morning, on Easter Sunday. Kids are happily searching for the eggs, this tradition being an important part of Easter for families.

Colorful Easter eggs JoshBerglund19/Flickr

Colorful Easter eggs ©JoshBerglund19/Flickr

Easter Sunday traditions

Christians go to the church on Easter Sunday morning. Then, they have breakfast or lunch. Usually, the whole family is gathered. The table is always beautifully decorated. Easter eggs play an important role in the decoration. The menu usually contains eggs, cheese, fruits and vegetables, jam, bread rolls (Brötchen), wurst, carrot cake, fresh homemade cakes and so on. Easter Sunday is dedicated for the family. German people usually spend this day with their loved ones. Easter tales are told to children and Easter songs are sung. It is a beautiful day.

Brötchen yashima/Flickr

Brötchen ©yashima/Flickr

Easter Monday traditions

The last day of the Easter holiday is Easter Monday. It is obviously a public holiday in Germany. Easter Monday is also a day to be spent with the loved ones. The whole family gathers for an Easter meal. The meals served usually include the Easter lamb. The chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs also play important role in Easter meals, especially for the delight of the little ones.


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