In the Norther hemisphere, Easter arrives as the weather is transitioning from cool winter months to the warm days of spring. So not only are Easter egg hunts and other games held outdoors to usher in the warmth, but in places like France, families sit down to a traditional banquet of spring lamb and "gateau de Paques" a lamb- shaped Easter cake.
In Germany, lamb is also a common Easter centerpiece, but "children often cringe at this custom because they'd much rather see the little lambs alive on the grassy range. What they do like, however, are the bonfires that take place all over the country, where families and friends congregate to eat, drink and be merry. The bonfire is ofter the first barbecue party of the year.