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Mar 03.14

Easter traditions from around the world

With its origins as a sacred holiday, Easter is rich with traditions, legends, myths and springtime rituals for all to share. 

Learn about Easter traditions from around the world and join in the celebration rebirth, renewal and the coming of spring with fresh, LUSHious inventions!

Here in North America, many young children will celebrate Easter day by searching for what the Easter Bunny left them during the night. Since as long ago as the 17th century, egg hunts around the house and garden have been a part of Easter morning. Decorated hard-boiled eggs used to be the norm, but in modern days, chocolate eggs are the traditional treat. You can innovate on this tradition by placing a few uplifting Immaculate Eggception Bath Bombs around the house (maybe hidden beside the bathtub) or leaving some juicy Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars out for the Easter Bunny himself!

Immaculate Eggception Bath Bomb in use

Trees and grasses are also a very important feature of Easter rites around the world. In Finland, families will plant rye grass in indoor pots, and herald the coming of warmer weather as the grass grows. In Sweden and Denmark, children go door-to-door with pussy willow branches, blessing neighboring houses and receiving treats from homeowners. No branches on hand? You can grab a bottle of Grass Shower Gel and revel in the freshly-juiced potency of wheatgrass, bergamot and neroli oils. This adventure in springtime showers will keep your skin soft and your senses alive for the rest of the day.

Grass Shower Gel in use

In Hungarian-speaking countries, you will find the tradition of ‘Watering Monday’, a tradition where men sprinkle perfumed waters on their female friends and family, in exchange for a decorated egg! You can adapt this fragrant ceremony by agreeing to spritz your loved ones with a cooling Eau Roma Water Toner Water blessing, maybe in exchange for a Golden Egg Bath Bomb?

The origin of the word Easter is said to come from ‘Ostara’, the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess who represents dawn and the Spring solstice. She is also associated with seeds, flowers and tilled earth—offerings of these are given to the goddess in the neopagan world. Planting seeds, whether in a recycled container, a fancy planter or on your windowsill is a lovely way to bring Ostara indoors. After you get your hands dirty, wash it all off with something that will bring sunshine to your day in the form of uplifting citrus oils, like Happy Hippy Shower Gel or Sunny Side Bubble Bar!

As for the celebration of hares and rabbits that naturally occurs at Easter, we happen to think they are delightful animals that should never have cosmetics tested on them! You can cultivate mindfulness towards these soft and sweet creatures by learning more about animal testing in North America, chatting with your local LUSH staff, or hopping over to our Fighting Animal Testing page to learn more. If you simply must adopt a bunny, Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb is a good bet! One of these little guys will hop and crackle in your bath water, releasing a fresh, spring-like perfume of violet, lime and lavender.

Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb in use

No matter your chosen celebration, we’ve got everything you need to go forth and rejoice in the arrival of the solstice, Easter and spring! How do you celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring? Let us know in the comments below!

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