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Searching for Eggs and Egg Fights: Easter Traditions in Armenia and Germany

Easter is a joyous holiday celebrated in many countries around the world, and it is no exception in Germany and Armenia. As someone who has experienced Easter traditions in both countries, I am fascinated by the similarities and differences between these two cultures during this festive season.

Easter decorations on a windowsill.
Easter decorations on a windowsill.© LiLit

In Germany, the Easter symbol of abundance is the rabbit. It is common to see decorations of cute bunnies and Easter eggs in homes and public places. One popular German tradition is the „looking for eggs“ game, where small children search for eggs that have been hidden in the garden on Easter morning. These eggs are sometimes made of chocolate, adding to the excitement of the game and bringing joy to the children’s faces.

On the other hand, in Armenia, the chick is the symbol of Easter, representing new life. The tradition of egg fights, known as „egg tapping“ or „egg knocking,“ is a unique and fun custom observed in Armenia. On Easter morning, family members divide into pairs and tap their eggs against each other, trying to crack the opponent’s egg while keeping their own intact. According to tradition, the owner of the last unbroken egg is believed to have good luck throughout the year.

Apart from the egg-related traditions, the Easter tables in Germany and Armenia also have their own distinctive features. In Germany, Easter cookies called Osternkuchen or Karottenkuchen (carrot cake) are popular treats during this festive season. In Armenia, it is customary to have fish on the table, along with rice with raisin. Rice symbolizes the people, while raisins represent the believers. Raisin cakes are also a traditional dish prepared during Easter in Armenia. Red wine is an important element on the Armenian Easter table, symbolizing the biblical parable of Jesus turning water into wine.

Eggs crack at Easter breakfast - the egg that breaks first loses.
Eggs crack at Easter breakfast - the egg that breaks first loses.© LiLit

As I have moved to Germany, I try to blend the Easter symbols and traditions of both countries in my celebrations. I decorate my house and holiday table with rabbits, and I enjoy playing the egg fight game with my German and international friends. It is a delightful experience to merge these diverse traditions and create my own unique Easter celebration.

In conclusion, Easter is a time of joy, renewal, and celebration in both Germany and Armenia. While there are similarities and differences in the customs and traditions of these two countries, it is the spirit of togetherness, joy, and hope that unites people during this festive season. Whether it’s looking for eggs in the garden or engaging in egg fights, enjoying traditional treats or setting up a festive table, Easter is a special time that brings people together to celebrate and create cherished memories.

Frohe Ostern! Շնորհավոր Սուրբ Զատիկ! (Happy Easter in German and Armenian)․ 

Frohe Ostern! Շնորհավոր Սուրբ Զատիկ!


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