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The bells are coming to town: Easter traditions in Belgium: Easter is a religious holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his Crucifixion. The holiday is associated with spring.Many families celebrate Easter.

There is no fixed date for Easter like there is for Christmas. It is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon that follows the first day of spring. This year, Easter Sunday is observed April 1.

Each country has its own way of celebrating Easter so let’s take a closer look at the Belgian traditions.

The major difference between Belgian and American Easter is the character which distributes the eggs to the children. Say goodbye to the Easter bunnies and hello to the Easter bells!

According to an old legend in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, the church bells disappeared on the Thursday before Easter and flew to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. While there, they picked up chocolate eggs that they could drop in the children’s garden on their way back to the country. The origins of this legend dates back to the 7th century, when a rule prohibiting churches from ringing bells from Easter Thursday to Easter Sunday came into effect.

In Belgium, children have a two-week long break from school around Easter time. Moreover, Easter Monday is a federal holiday in Belgium. It is important to know that almost every shop is closed that day.

Other traditions are pretty much the same in Belgium as in other countries, such as avoiding eating meat on Good Friday for Christians and attending church service on Easter Sunday.

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The bells are coming to town: Easter traditions in Belgium: Easter is a religious holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his Crucifixion. The holiday is associated with spring.Many families celebrate
Easter.