Pails of Water and a Fight for a Beer Bucket: Bizarre Easter Traditions

A collection of strange and lovely Easter traditions.

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It was Pope Francis's first Easter, and he delivered the traditional call for peace in a decidedly Francis way. As CNN reports

Barely two weeks since his election, the first Latin American pope celebrated Easter Mass from an outdoor altar in the presence of tens of thousands of followers in St. Peter's Square. Dressed in white, unadorned vestments consistent with his modest image, Francis celebrated Easter Mass alone, without his cardinals.

After Mass, he made his way through St. Peter's Square in an open-top popemobile free of bulletproof glass so he could stop to greet followers with handshakes, embraces and kisses.

Not everyone takes the holiday quite as seriously as the Catholics. Below, a collection of Easter traditions from around the world:

A statue of the Risen Christ is carried during an Easter Sunday procession as confetti streams down in Cospicua, outside Valletta. (Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)
Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves at the end of the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)
Players fight for the bottle during the bottle-kicking game in Hallaton, central England. The game is played between Hallaton and the neighboring village of Medbourne each Easter Monday in which participants compete to bring the bottle across a stream that separates the villages. The bottle is an old field barrel holding about a gallon of beer. (Darren Staples/Reuters)
A man throws water on a woman as part of traditional Easter celebrations in Holloko, 62 miles east of Budapest. Locals from the World Heritage village of Holloko celebrate Easter with the tradition "watering of the girls", a Hungarian tribal fertility ritual rooted in the area's pre-Christian past. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
Children participate in the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

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  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.