There’s no better way to end lent, than with chocolate. After 40 days of complying with stringent (or less stringent) self-made rules for lent, the fluffy bunny arrives with over-filled baskets of treats. No, we’re not talking about bunnies with fur, but rather the gold-foil wrapped chocolate variant. Even though 67 per cent of German children no longer believe in the Easter bunny, Easter weekend remains an important family event full of tradition.
Using our Feedbackstr tool, we surveyed 421 German households about Easter. On a scale from one to five, our respondents confirmed with a score of 4.2 (very important) that it is of great importance for them to spend time with their family at Easter. The most popular Easter traditions among families are painting or dyeing eggs (33 per cent), hanging eggs (27 per cent) and having an Easter egg hunt (15 per cent). Eating chocolate mustn’t be forgotten because 40 per cent of those surveyed admit that it doesn’t matter whether it’s in the form of a bunny or egg – it just has to be made of chocolate.
There are also a few more unusual Easter customs: “the tradition of Easter wheels in the Tyrolean mountains, where burning wheels are rolled down the valley, e.g. in Zillertal“, explains one participant. “Waleiern: you dig out a sloping pit and taking it in turns, roll eggs down the slope. The winner is the person whose egg travels the furthest or is in the best condition at the end. The eggs are then eaten,” explains one of the respondents.
This year in parts of Germany, you best not forget your gloves when going to search for eggs but at least there’s no chance of the chocolate melting with the amount of snow that’s lying on the ground. And maybe we’ll even be able to find the Easter bunny’s sleigh tracks in the snow.
Here you can view all the results of the survey.
Have a wonderful Easter and eat lots of chocolate!