EASTER IN NORWAY
Easter chickens and Easter eggs in all colours dominate Easter in Norway. Yellow chickens are everywhere at Easter time. Drawn chickens, plastic chickens, cotton chickens, and chickens made of all sorts of materials can be seen in private homes, shop windows, newspapers and magazines, on plastic bags and on television. It's no wonder yellow has become the colour of Easter in Norway.
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday are national holidays in Norway. School children however have 6 days of Easter vacation.
The Norwegians in general do not pay much attention to the religious aspect of Easter. Of course, they know the story, but only some will go to church services.
EASTER IN MEXICO
Easter celebration in Mexico is held as a combination of two separate big other observances- Semana Santa and Pascua. The former means the whole of the holy week-Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday. And the Pascua is the observation for the period from the resurrection Sunday to the following Saturday.
For most Mexicans, this two-week period is the time for a great vacation. People enjoy this time with the community of their choice
Semana Santa celebrates the last days of Christ's life .Pascua is the celebration of Christ's Resurrection. It is also the release of the sacrifices of Lent.
In many communities , the full passion play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the judgement ,the procession of the 12 Stations of the cross, the Crucifixion and, finally the Resurrection. In some communities real crucifixion is included. The enactments are often nicely staged ,costumed and acted ,with participants preparing for their roles for nearly the full year leading up to Semana Santa.
EASTER IN AFRICA
In Africa , Easter is celebrated as a main function of the Christian communities.In the Easter Vigil hundreds of people assemble in the church building.
In most parish churches the Easter Vigil is anicipated ,because there are no lights ,usually beginning at 3pm and finishing at dark ,around 6pm.
The church is decorated by Vitenge and Kanga ,clothes made up in the form of butterflies ,flowers ,banana trees etc.
Christian hymns are accompanied by the beating of drums and Kigelegele , the high pitched sounds made by women.