Travel to the Easter Celebrations Around The World

Year after year, the Easter holidays have become an opportunity to travel and discover new destinations, making a cut in the first stage of the year. Whether it's a weekend getaway or longer trips for those who can "hook" their holidays with these holidays, more and more travelers get on this trend and choose these days to assemble the suitcases and go out into the world.

It is that traveling at this time has some "relative" advantages. There are cheaper prices, fewer tourists (which means less traffic and congestion in the cities we visit and less waiting time, in museums, parks or restaurants). In the case of some destinations, there is an ideal climate to enjoy without going through oppressive heat or intense cold.

But above all, they are special dates for the believers of the two most numerous and culturally rooted religions. There is the Holy Week (and in particular Easter) for the Christians and the Passover for the Jews. And either as a "getaway" or as part of a longer trip, there are places where these religious festivities are lived in a very special way. We made this list that combines religious and conventional tourism, and getaways and faraway destinations.

Easter Island, Chile

Formerly known as Rapa Nui (Big Island), this island received the name of Easter Island from the Dutch navigator Jakob Roggeveen, who arrived on his land on April 5, 1722, the date on which Easter was celebrated that year. Resurrection. Declared a World Heritage Site, it was one of the most extraordinary cultures in history. The great sculptures in stone or "moai" that express their religious worldview are the vestiges of this important culture. With this valuable legacy Easter Island is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world, being one of its main economic activities.

Valparaiso, Chile

One of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Chile. Full of nooks and crannies, port city and fishermen, with an exquisite and varied cuisine that is nourished by marine life. Valparaiso is ideal for walking, climbing the elevators to the highest parts, marvel at the graffiti and murals that are renewed and multiplied continuously, turning it into an exponent of luxury street art. You will always find artists working on new walls throughout the city.

And Valparaiso is intimately linked to the great poet Pablo Neruda. Do not to miss the beautiful view from "La Sebastiana" the house of the great Pablo. It is a place from where you can cover all Valparaiso with the look, located on the hill Florida with an infinite Seaview.

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

The beautiful city of Antigua, which Unesco declared a World Heritage Site in 1979, and which was colonial capital until its transfer to New Guatemala in 1776, is a destination chosen by thousands of tourists from the most distant countries. It is thanks to the important effort of preservation of the colonial building structure that survived the numerous earthquakes suffered by the city in its history. And particularly by the unparalleled processions of Holy Week that take place from the times when Antigua was the capital of Guatemala, to this day.

These processions are held throughout the week on its cobbled streets decorated with carpets of flowers petals, representative of the Holy Week.

Mendoza Argentina

In addition to the time of the Harvest Festival, these dates are ideal for a getaway to this beautiful city that always offers attractions, walks and rewarding experiences in an environment linked to the sun and good drink. For Easter, various cultural activities take place, such as classical music concerts on the wine route and countless activities through gastronomy, art, theater and faith. In addition to tours of the city and visits to the wineries, a good program should include a visit to San Rafael, Atuel Canyon and Los Reyunos.


The "Holy Week" in Spain is one of the most important celebrations and rooted in their religious traditions dating from the Middle Ages. Most celebrations consist of colorful processions of fraternities. Depending on the region of Spain the celebration may vary a bit. While in Andalusia the processions can be more glamorous, in Castilla y León they tend to be more solemn and demure. The participants of the processions wear the "nazareno". It is a bathrobe of penance with a cone-shaped cape (capirote) that covers the face to hide the identity of the penitents. The Nazarenes carry candles, heavy antique sculptures and crosses carved in wood. It represent the different scenes of the passion of Christ and sorrows of the Virgin Mary.

Malaga, Spain

All of Spain is a territory that revives its ancient religious celebrations these days. And there stands out the city of Malaga. During the year this city is ideal for a relaxing moment in a tour moved by the old continent. But during Holy Week, Malaga shows its most interesting profile.

The Moais of Easter Island

The main attraction on the island is the Moais. They are covered with symbols and are found on the slope of the Rano Raraku volcano. It is located on walls parallel to the coast, some with their backs to the beach.

El Calafate, Argentina

In the south of Patagonia, Calafate offers its visitors an infrastructure of first level, and some of the most extraordinary places of our country. Between lakes and glaciers, excursions and hikes between hills and crossings on board 4x4 trucks or horseback riding in tourist estancias, and a sophisticated, diverse and always exquisite cuisine, visiting El Calafate is a unique and unforgettable experience. And this time of year is ideal, when the winds and cold are not so intense and allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and activities in all its magnitude. We recommend not to miss the Rios de Hielo excursion navigating the Argentina lake to see the incredible Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers! The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the wonders when visiting El Calafate.

Jerusalem, Israel

And how could it be otherwise, we close with the destination that brings together the sacred sites for the three most important monotheistic religions of the West. Judaism, Christianity and Islam find in Jerusalem the cradle of faith. The Holy Land is the ideal place to immerse ourselves in the past, crossing the stage of the great Paschal mystery.

Traveling to Jerusalem is an unforgettable experience on any calendar date, regardless of the cultural background or the religious beliefs of the visitors.

In addition to its fascinating archeology and unparalleled history, Jerusalem has many other attractions. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, is the capital of the only democratic country in the Middle East and is considered a sacred city by three of the largest monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

However, although it is visited by millions of people annually, only those who travel during the celebration of Easter, can witness a very peculiar ceremony, where religion and tourism are intertwined in an exceptional way.

Easter is the second celebration that attracts the largest number of Christians, after the Feast of Tabernacles. For the Jewish people, the celebration begins on the 14th day of the month of Nisan (first month of the biblical Hebrew calendar), which generally falls in the month of April of the Gregorian calendar and is celebrated for seven days, of which the first and the last they are days of sacred rest in which it is forbidden to work.

Although sometimes the festivities coincide in the calendar, the Christian Passover is celebrated from March 20 to 27, while Passover is celebrated from April 22 to 30.

Despite the difference in dates, the Easter commemoration of the Jews and that of the Christians are marked by similar symbolism, such as the unleavened bread, wine and sacrifice of the paschal lamb.


In Florence, Italy during Easter Sunday you will see in the middle of the square a hundred-year-old car full of fireworks burning in flames. The "Sisco del Carro" or chariot of fire symbolizes the sacred fire. This pagan tradition is celebrated long before the 15th century to ensure good harvests. The car used today for this celebration was built 500 years ago (in 1622) and is dragged from Porta al Prato to Piazza del Duomo by white oxen decorated with the first flowers and herbs of spring. The car is escorted by soldiers and people dressed as in the 15th century. In the mass of the Cathedral of Domingo de Pascual during the singing of Gloria in Excelsis Deo the cardinal lights a mechanical pigeon (La Colombina) which in turn ignites the chariot of fire.

Easter in Sicily

The wooden statue of Christ, affectionately called "joy" (u gioia in Sicilian) , is carried in procession through the streets of the city. The faithful make her dance all day until dusk. At about eleven o'clock in the morning, from the church of Santa María la Nova, the procession departs. The line of the procession is not yet outside the church when a large group of young people take possession of the statue of the risen Christ. They energetically raise the statue at the maximum height with arms raised, everyone shouting repeatedly: Joy! Joy! Joy! Thus begins a disturbing and sublime orgiastic ritual. For more than an hour, inside the church, youth, at short and regular intervals, continue to raise the statue, tilting the scales laterally, forward, backward, always shouting in chorus: Happiness! Joy! Joy! It's amazing what happens. A strongly marked erotic ritual is clearly celebrated. To see this, just look at his face and the movements of the young, full of vitality. They improvise, play, collide, laugh with intimate and total participation. About midnight they finally release the beautiful wooden statue dell'Uomu Vivu.

Through an orgiastic climate and a agitated rhythm they move the simulacrum through the streets of Scicli, pushing it up and down, back and forth, and in all directions, according to the caprice and fantasy of the young people. They carry it under the sound of the busiest marches, under a rain of flowers thrown from the balconies of the houses and in a storm of shots coming from the deafening hill of San Mateo.


One of the most important events of the year in Germany is the celebration of Easter. In the southern provinces, three weeks before Easter, the Sommertagzug or summer parade is celebrated. The children dress like little ducks with yellow rain coats and duck hats carrying in their hands sticks adorned with ribbons and pretzels on the tip with an egg in the middle. At the end of the parade the Christmas tree and a snowman are burnt to symbolize the end of winter and to welcome the summer "Der Sommertag ist da". Many celebrations and symbols of Easter such as the Frühlingfest's spring festival, the rabbit (Osterhasen) and the Easter eggs (Ostereir) are pagan representations of the fertility that comes with the change of climate.

Czech Republic

The famous Easter markets in Prague start from March 21 to April 12 in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Visitors can find personalized hand-painted Easter eggs. The celebrations of Velikonoce (Easter) are very important in the Czech culture. It includes local specialties such as the Tsdelník, pastries covered in sugar and klobása a roasted sausage. The school holidays start on "Ugly Wednesday". During the "Green Thursday" the children take to the streets with wooden bells. On Easter Sunday the boys touch the girls on their legs as a sign of good health. While the girls put a ribbon on their legs and give painted eggs to the boys.


Two of the most well-known Hungarian traditions of Easter "Húsvét" are the Sprinkling (throwing water) and the painting of eggs. Sprinkling consists in throwing water at girls as a symbol of purification, healing and fertility. During this time it is also customary for men to visit and make cologne for women (relatives and friends). While they offer them sweets, desserts and deliver hand-painted eggs to their chivalrous visitors. The typical Hungarian dish on Easter Sunday is ham with horseradish and boiled eggs, also served "kalács" a braided milk loaf. This year you can enjoy a typical Hungarian Easter at Buda Castle. Kellemes húsvetí ünnepeket! Happy Easter!

United Kingdom

One of the most representative symbols of Easter is the Easter bunny, which hides eggs to be found by children during Easter egg hunts. Egg hunts are very popular and there are several in London. Some of the most famous are the famous Kew Garden, Kensington Palace, the Handel House Museum and Rabbits in the London Eye. Also during Easter Sunday you eat the Hot-Cross buns which are sweet fruit buns and crosses on the top.


In France the celebration of Easter implies Christian traditions. On the Thursday before Holy Friday, all church bells are silenced as a symbol of mourning for the death of Jesus. Betrayal says that during these days the bells travel to Rome to visit the Pope. However, on the resurrection day the bells ring happily throughout the day to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. While people go out to celebrate with hugs and kisses wishing each other a Happy Easter! "Joyeuses Paques!" Also during this time the chocolate plays an important role. The candy stores and confiseries are filled with chocolates in the form of bells, eggs, rabbits and fish.


The typical customs of Slovakia (and also of neighboring countries such as Hungary or the Czech Republic) were that on Monday boys dressed elegantly in traditional costumes meet girls. They dip them in cold water or bathe them in the river, and beat them with whips, while they sing or recite poems. The whips were usually prepared by the boys themselves with wicker rods and decorated with colored ribbons. The goal of oblievačka (pour water) and šibaèka (hit with whips) was so that the girls remain beautiful and healthy all year. Instead, they gave the children decorated eggs (kraslice), also prepared by themselves and invite them to eat and drink.

Nowadays, Easter celebrations are more commercialized. The water was replaced by perfumes. The eggs decorated by hand were giving way to rabbits and chocolate eggs, or rather to money. In the celebrations alcoholic beverages predominate. Folk customs are still alive in some villages in Slovakia. But still, Easter Monday is a good time for family members and friends to come together and maintain the customs of the past.

Holy Week in Russia

In this country it is lived in a different way. In fact it is part of the countries that celebrate Orthodox Holy Week that is governed by the old Julian calendar, that is 13 days after the calendar of Catholics. For the rest of the year the Russians are governed by the same calendar as the Westerners.

During the Russian Holy Week, devotion and sadness combine with activities where joy is manifested. Orthodox rituals are characterized by being solemn and elegant in the light given by the candles. It is also fasted with rigor but on Easter Day there is an atmosphere of great festivity eating a traditional cake such as Pashka. The most important ceremony we could say that it is at 2 o'clock in the morning on Easter Sunday.

Holy Week in Poland

Poland can also be an excellent destination for this Easter season. In the area of ​​Podlasie the so-called Wiertnica is celebrated, which is Palm Sunday. On this occasion all the protagonists have the palms. Several weeks before this date are placed branches of willows outside the houses which will be later adorned with ribbons and flowers of various colors made with tissue paper. What you most want to achieve is that these ornaments are as high as possible and that they reach up to 10 meters in height.

Another relevant custom for all visitors is the relationship with going to the church and wetting the palms with holy water so that each family member with the palm "sticks" symbolically. This will bring happiness for all the days of the year, in addition to the women it will give them greater beauty and to the men more strength and bravery.

Holy Week in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country that offers great attractions in history, gastronomy and nature. It is a mixture of cultures with influences from the countries of its borders such as Turkey, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Romania.

But in what refers to the Holy Week that is lived here we can highlight its spectacular celebrations and traditions. For example, one of its customs is to make three complete rounds to each one of the beautiful and huge churches of Sofia with its golden domes. They powerfully call the attention of all tourists who cross unexpectedly with these peculiar and silent processions, which are cataloged by some as anarchic.

As we can see, it is worth planning a trip to some of these countries of Eastern Europe where a different Holy Week is lived and why not say it is fascinating.

1 comment:

Krishna said...

interesting post on easter and easter egg

thanks for sharing

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