In pictures: Easter traditions from across the globe

As Easter draws closer, here are some of the globe's best Easter traditions, compiled by us and Vyke mobile users around the world. From water-fights in Poland to beautiful hand-painted eggs in Germany to Australia's Easter bilby, Easter is certainly an exciting festival across nations.

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People feel de-skilled by celebrity chefs and their complicated recipes, so they're not cooking things that have been done since time immemorial. You can make a pastry in five minutes with leftover scraps: eggs, cream, milk, vegetables, bacon – just throw in whatever's in the fridge.

Asda Giant Belgian Chocolate Egg
£10, asda.com
This creamy 1kg giant has just been named best Easter Egg by the Good Housekeeping Institute

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1. Asda Giant Belgian Chocolate Egg

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Happiness ain't nothing but a number

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Chocolate 'can help keep you slim'

Far from piling on the pounds, a chocolate habit can help keep you slim, new research suggests.

Mars has shrunk its bars, but what will it do with the Duo?

Giant snacks – meant for two, eaten by one

Andrew Martin chooses the smaller bar – and no sharing

Prince Harry, left, receives a T-shirt as a gift from Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt

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Some Cadbury's chocolate - even top chocolatiers can't resist the lure of a corner-shop bar

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Some Cadbury's chocolate - even top chocolatiers can't resist the lure of a corner-shop bar

Why we love cheap chocolate

We've learnt to embrace the posh stuff. But few of us – even top chocolatiers – can resist the lure of a corner-shop bar.

<p>1. The Milestone Hotel afternoon tea</p>
<p>£31.50, milestonehotel.com</p>
<p>This splendid London hotel, opposite Kensington Park, is highly recommended by the Tea Guild.</p>

The 10 Best Mother's Day gifts

1. The Milestone Hotel afternoon tea

£31.50, milestonehotel.com

This splendid London hotel, opposite Kensington Park, is highly recommended by the Tea Guild.

Travel Agenda: English Tourism Week; Ferrari museum; Obidos chocolate festival; New York's NoMad hotel; Groovefest

Today: English Tourism Week starts today, until 18 March (enjoyengland.com). Events include free wine tours at Biddenden Vineyards in Kent, campervan hire discounts in Brighton, and walks, music and theatre across the country.

Bettys are selling these gorgeous milk, dark and white chocolate saddleback pigs. £12, bettys.co.uk
Dabbous feels like a huge industrial warehouse, with gridiron installations, exposed copper pipes and giant air vents craning their way around the ceiling

Dabbous, 39 Whitfield Street, London W1

You won't forget this taste of Dabbous. Just get there before the Michelin men do...

Lent to be observed by more than one in five UK adults

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