Easter Traditions

The Easter season is a time when all customs seem to symbolize renewal, life and the beginning of spring. Colorful eggs, special meals, huge bonfires and, of course, church services are some of the customs that mark this special time of year.

Palm Sunday

Easter Customs Rooted in Meaning

Waving palms on Palm Sunday, eating green foods on the Thursday before Easter, attending church services and spending time with family over the long Easter weekend are all traditions rooted in meaning.

Easter bunnies

Eggs and Bunnies Symbolize Renewal and Joy

Colorful eggs as a symbol of resurgent life in the spring are a quintessential part of the Easter tradition in Germany. They are on every table at Easter, and children look forward to hunting the treats the Easter bunny has left for them.

Georgiritt in Traunstein

Keeping Regional Easter Traditions Alive

The Fresians throw their eggs downhill; Weimar keeps Goethe's egg hunt going; the town of Ostereistedt receives letters for the Easter bunny; northern Germans gather around bonfires, and in Traunstein they gather on horseback.


Osterkranz (Easter Wreath) Recipe

This sweet bread adorned with decorated eggs is a popular Easter treat across much of Germany. Maybe this braided yeast dough treat will become a tradition in your home. 

Easter Traditions

Traditional Sorbian Easter eggs

"Oy! Easter eggs next to the Seder plate"

Saxonian Easter Cake (Sächsischer Osterfladen)

Cookbook author Nadia Hassani grew up in Germany but now lives with her family in the USA. She shares her recipes along with stories and family traditions on her blog, Spoonfuls of Germany. In her latest entry, Hassani, who grew up celebrating Christian holidays and met and married a Jewish-American man,  describes how this year there will be Easter eggs next to the Passover Seder plate in her home and shares her recipe for Saxonian Easter Cake (Sächsischer Osterfladen).

Eastertime in Germany