The little book of Easter customs
Down by the Garden Walls, I Saw That Little Bunny Peeking Around the Corner.
In short, trenchant texts, this small illustrated book presents well-known as well as forgotten Easter customs and their origins. It explains the source of the name "Ostern", how to determine the date of the highest Christian feast in the annual calendar, and why Easter services used to be particularly funny, plus how the custom of colouring and hiding eggs developed. The book introduces the colleagues of the Easter bunny, of whom there were quite a few until the end of the 19th century, and clears up what flying bells on their way to Rome have in common with palm trees and the noisemaking with the Easter ratchets. A conclusive overview of the various Christian and pagan customs such as the Easter wheels, the Easter fountains or the Easter fires also takes up traditions such as egg-and-spoon races and competitions in egg ticking or egg rolling and ends on the little known Easter ride in Eastern German Lusatia and the famous Easter processions of Italy and Spain.
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