Picture: Albert Bierstadt. Sunrise. Taken from http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/albert-bierstadt/sunrise
In France handball was traditionally played on Easter in the pastime, with the ball representing the sun. Bishops, priests and monks used to play ball with the other citizens after the Lent, and the game was rather like a ritual dance of greeting the sun and spring.
In England traditional Morris dancers hold their shows on Easter Sunday. They perform ancient spring dances, which are supposed to frighten away the evil spirits of winter. The Morris dancers are dressed in white shorts, with red sashes, black trousers and straw hats decorated with flowers and ribbons. Little bells and ribbons, put around the performers, start ringing and waving as they dance. The Morris dances are supposed to originate from the 15th century and today are survived through few folk groups.