5    Apr 20150 comments

Happy Easter! Traditions around the globe

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. Continue reading "Happy Easter! Traditions around the globe" »

1    Dec 20112 comments

Holidays: Making, sharing memories

Why is sharing family history at the holidays so important?

Gifts come in many forms, so think of sharing family history as a gift to your family.

Wake Forest University professor of counseling Samuel Gladding and his family have "halls of remembrance" in their home. Every year since they were married, he and his wife, Claire, have created picture collages highlighting that year with snapshots of trips, sports, plays and family outings.

He shared his views here.

Author of several family counseling books, the professor says that sharing family history

... strengthens individuals and it strengthens families. If you know the past, you are much more likely to benefit from it and be inspired or determined to make the future better or at least as good as the past.

When families gather for the holidays, Gladding says it can be the perfect opportunity to share family stories that will benefit younger and older generations.

There are benefits for both younger and older generations.

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22    Apr 20110 comments

Celebrating Easter Around the World

Just in time for this year's Easter weekend, we're rounding up fun Easter facts and traditions from around the world. Ever wonder where the first chocolate eggs were made? Or the history of the Easter Bunny? Or why Australians have campaigned to replace the traditional bunny with a bilby?

Here are a few fun Easter facts:

• Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year.
• 76% percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
• According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-feet high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.
• Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps - making Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
• 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter - enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a 9-story building.
• An estimated 80% of parents carry on the tradition of the Easter Bunny by preparing a surprise Easter basket filled with goodies for their children and around 90% of adults hope for their own Easter treat.


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