Hold on to Family Easter Traditions in the Form of Photos
Old and New Traditions for the Whole Family
Easter is a time for being with family. While searching for colourful eggs on Easter Sunday may be a tradition for most families in Switzerland with children, there are many other Easter traditions that vary from canton to canton. Then there are the family-specific traditions, like going on an Easter stroll, eating certain foods, or playing games. Easter is another occasion where many photos are taken once the family is all together. Let yourself be inspired and do something different this year by creating your own small Easter photo book for the whole family.
Easter Traditions in Switzerland
While the Easter egg hunt is a widespread and popular tradition in central European countries, there are several interesting Swiss Easter traditions that are regionally celebrated.
In Bern and other areas, Easter Sunday is the time for “egg against egg.” Children and grownups alike challenge one another with their eggs. Whoever cracks their opponent’s egg captures it. The person with the most robust egg wins.
With a little bit of luck, children in Zurich can try to add to their pocket money. The kids hold their Easter eggs while facing the grownups, who try to throw a 20-cent coin at the hardboiled egg in such a way that it sticks inside. If they succeed, they win the egg and keep their money. If they don’t, the child keeps both the egg and the money.
In the region around Basel and in the canton of Aargau, the teams “spring” and “winter” compete to see who comes out on top. Both teams must, amongst other things, collect small piles of sawdust and an egg and throw them in a chaff basket (without breaking the egg if possible). The whole event is an athletic competition - in many places, however, it is often ensured that spring comes out the victor.
Cheese and Wine for All
In the canton of Wallis, some villages still carry out an old Easter tradition from the 14th century of distributing bread, Ziger (a kind of cheese), and wine. This old tradition is based on a superstition: a haunting “Senn” (an Alpine herder) supposedly let the cows out of their stalls. The farmers could put a stop to this by making cheese out of two-day-old milk for the inhabitants.
Modern Easter Traditions
Many families have their own Easter traditions, such as getting together as a family for their annual Easter egg hunt or for a festive dinner. These are also great photo ops - especially when children are in attendance.
An Easter Stroll
Depending on how early in the year Easter is, nature is beginning to awake after its winter slumber or is already full in bloom. A popular family tradition is to go for an Easter stroll while hiding eggs and chocolate for the kids along the way or just to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh spring air.
Hosting an Easter brunch is something that continues to gain popularity. It’s the perfect opportunity to comfortably enjoy self-baked goodies and cooked dishes with friends and family.
Traditional Dishes for Easter
Traditional small cakes, quirky Easter-themed cookies, an elaborate Easter Sunday menu with lamb or rabbit - everyone has their own different tastes and Swiss Easter cuisine has also become more individualised and modern over the course of the last few decades.
The Easter Photo Book for Your Family Traditions
No matter which traditions your family practices, keep these wonderful memories alive in a photo book for either yourself or to give away as a gift to your family. ifolor has a wide variety of clipart and spring-themed backgrounds for your Easter photo book. You can design your photo book easily and quickly with the ifolor Designer and it will be sure to catch everyone’s attention while sitting in the Easter basket.
When taking pictures during Easter, keep in mind to shoot a good mixture of photos including group photos, portraits, close-ups, and still lifes in order to have a good overview of the preparations, the Easter celebration itself, as well as guests and gifts. Maybe you already have a collection of photos from previous Easter celebrations that feature the whole family together; you could take these and make a chronological photo collection. It’s especially nice to see how the kids have grown, which new additions there are to the family, and how the surroundings in nature have also changed.
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