Around the world, Easter is observed in a number of ways with festivals, egg hunts, traditional foods, chocolate bunnies and other customs.
Here’s a look at some traditions from around the world:
Traditional Morris folk dancing takes place and in the North of England people play the game "egg tapping" where players try to break other player's eggs by "tapping" them. The winner is the one whose egg breaks last. Traditional foods include hot cross buns (served on Good Friday) and Simnel cake, which was served on Easter Sunday to mark the end of Lent.
In Germany, the Easter bunny is known as Osterhase. While the Easter bunny's exact origin is unknown, rabbits were frequently used as a symbol of fertility and new life around the holiday. In the 1700s, German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought this tradition. Other customs include decorating eggs and fountains with colors and eggs. Some also participate in the "egg dance" - eggs are laid on the floor for people to dance around.
If you’re a Waldo, Zelma or Sherwood, you have a name that’s one in a million! In 2013, only five or fewer babies were given these names in the US. Even the name Gary is becoming more rare, with only 28 in England and Wales, and 442 in the US in 2013.
We’re excited to announce that the MyHeritage mobile app is a featured app on Google Play!
Every week, Google selects a handful of the best new or updated Android applications and features them on Google Play. We're honored that the MyHeritage mobile app for Android was chosen to be featured among the best apps in more than 30 countries this month.
Although Easter is celebrated around the world, traditions vary in each country and with each family. These include Easter egg hunts, family meals, religious festivities and more.
To get into the holiday spirit, we’re offering one lucky member the chance to win PremiumPlus and Data subscriptions for one year.
Just email a fun family photo from an Easter celebration or an Easter memory sharing your family traditions or memories to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5.
We’ll choose our favorite to win and also share some of the other stories in our blog.
Looking forward to reading your memories!
The Global Family Reunion is only a few months away and tickets are available now!
If you haven't yet heard, best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is planning the world’s largest family reunion this summer and all 7 billion of his cousins are invited.
What? The largest family reunion that will make history
When? June 6, 2015
Where? New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York
Watch the video below for more information on the Global Family Reunion and how to get involved:
All event proceeds will go toward Alzheimer’s research and education. Learn more about how to purchase tickets, donate or join the Global Family Tree at the Global Family Reunion Festival Page.
Hope to see you all there!
With a huge migrant history, millions of people living around the world have Irish roots. Holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day often spur an interest in family heritage and learning more about those ancestors.
In the U.S. alone, there are over 36 million people with Irish ancestry, more than eight times the population of Ireland! Millions in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada also have Irish roots, and there are significant Irish diaspora communities in Mexico, Argentina and the Caribbean!
In the past, we’ve provided tips for getting started in Irish family history research. This St. Patrick’s Day, we share some fun facts about the day. Enjoy!
Happy Mother's Day to our UK members!
Mother's Day, no matter when and how it is celebrated, is a time to honor and remember the important women in our family and all they've done for us.
The origins of the modern Mother's Day comes from the U.S., but the British date is believed to be associated with Mothering Sunday. During the 16th century, it became practice to visit "the mother church" on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it was also a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants, were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
MyHeritage is dedicated to helping families around the world discover their histories. This is made possible by a team of engaged volunteers who help translate our tools and features into 40 languages.
We will be sharing some of their own stories and family discoveries so you can get to know these amazing people who make MyHeritage tools and features available in your native languages.
In the first of a series of posts on our volunteers, we'd like to introduce one of our Spanish-speaking volunteers, Antonio Perez.
My paternal great-grandmother’s line has a long history as founders of the town where she was born. Her parents were born there, my grandmother was born there, and my father grew up in the same place, before emigrating to the U.S.
My grandmother, who still lives there, lives minutes away from the house where she grew up. Each time we visit her, it’s like going back in time to see the places where she spent her childhood as we relive my ancestors’ history.
Weddings are only one part of our family's love stories. There are the stories of how people met, and the stories behind these relationships connect us to our family and their lives (and loves).
Christina Mellgren from Sweden shared the heartwarming story of her aunt Sigrid and uncle Malcolm, who finally got together after meeting 30 years previously. It is a truly inspiring love story of how love endures.