From a Florentine explosion and Norwegian crime novels, to giant omelettes or baby bilbys, find some more unusual and eccesentric Easter traditions as we take a look at what happens at Easter time around the world.
5th March is Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. People will enjoy a final fling before the forty days of Lent begin, celebrating with traditions as diverse as pancake tossing, skipping, crazy ball games and exotic carnivals. Crowds of revelers will flock to carnivals in Rio, New Orleans, Venice and a host of other cities, joining in the fun with music, dancing, colourful costumes and parades.
On 25 December more than a third of the world’s population will celebrate Christmas Day. But this is not the only date on which the birth of Christ is remembered. In many eastern countries people will celebrate Christmas on 7 January, while in Armenia the date will be 6 January.
So why do we celebrate on 25 December and what are the reasons for the different dates for Christmas?
At a ceremony which took place at the very apt Stationers’ Hall in London last week, the winners of the annual ‘Calies’ were announced, with Rose Calendars coming away with a trio of awards.
Calendar publishers attended the UK’s only dedicated awards ceremony for calendars. The Calies, launched last year superseded the National Calendar Awards, to recognise and reward excellence in the calendar industry, from retail calendar titles to Business to Business Promotional Calendars, Bespoke Calendars, diaries and advent calendars.
This Sunday 11th November, in cities, towns and villages, bells will once again ring for peace, beginning with a slow toll in memory of those who died, and then ringing the changes to produce the joyful peal that is such a distinctively British sound.