Easter Sunday is celebrated all around the world; and is regarded by many as a time to celebrate the spring season, to organise egg hunts, and to bring out the Easter Bunny.
However, Christians know it as the day on which Christ rose from the grave - Resurrection Sunday.
Christians regard it as a day of celebrating and remembering the resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. It's commemorated in many different ways, but that celebration almost always includes a good, hearty meal.
Countries across the globe have their own traditional dishes for the Easter holiday. The recipes can range from pastries and cakes, to soups, breads, and more. Have a look at the selection of recipes below and maybe you'll be inspired to add some of these dishes to your next Easter meal.
Chervil Soup - Germany
In Germany the Thursday before Easter Sunday is called Gründonnerstag, meaning Green Thursday. The day commemorates Christ's last supper before the crucifixion. This was the last meal He ate with His disciples.
Chervil soup is a common dish always served on what is known as 'Green Thursday' because the soup is, of course, green! It is a herb soup, made with eggs, chervil, and, occasionally, potatoes. The chervil carries a mild flavour but tastes excellent when mixed with the rest of the ingredients.
Easter Bun and Cheese - Jamaica
This dish is nothing less than the Jamaican version of the English 'hot cross bun'. Molasses is substituted for honey in the bread mix, and the bun is generally eaten with cheese. Although it's a variation of the traditional English recipe, the Jamaican Easter Bun and Cheese is unique because it's chiefly eaten during one specific time of year, the Easter holiday.
Pinca - Croatia
This is another version of the 'hot cross bun'. This Croatian sweet bread is made over the course of two days. Traditionally, the dough is prepared on Saturday, and then stored overnight and baked fresh on Easter morning. Each family has adapted their own variation of the recipe over the years, but a common characteristic is the cross that's cut into the top of the dough before baking—a symbol referring to Christ on the cross at Calvary.
Osterlamm - Germany
Another popular Easter dish from Germany, - Osterlamm - is a cake in the shape of a lamb. The lamb is representative of the Passover lamb, while the act of baking the cake, which causes the yeast dough to rise, commemorates Jesus's resurrection. As expected, different people have their favourite toppings and flavourings, which include: lemon glaze, chocolate, marble cake, and more. The key, though, is the special lamb-form pans that are needed to give the cake its shape.