Easter celebrations around the world
Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays and it is centred around Jesus Christ’s resurrection. This holiday week is especially observed in countries where Christianity is the official religion. Despite its biblical roots, celebrations are different from country to country – including both religious and non-religious ways of celebrating. As this great festivity draws near, let’s take a moment to learn more about Easter worldwide.
Easter in the UK
People in the UK celebrate Easter after the first full moon, following the first day of Spring. That’s roughly between March 22nd and April 25th. Interestingly, the word “Easter” comes from a pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess of dawn and spring called “Eostre”. The word has remained, but its meaning changed following the spread of Christianity to Britain. In addition to religious events, the British celebrate Easter with eggs and bunnies. But, today, these are mostly symbolic and can be seen in toys and chocolates. The Easter Bunny character itself is famous around this time and is something like a spring-time Santa Claus.
Easter in Italy
Festivities are full swing on Easter Day, or “Pasqua”, in Italy. The country celebrates it even more intensely than they do Christmas. Many Italians choose to travel during this time, though there are a great many who enjoy Pasqua at home and on the streets. Religious processions take place on Friday and Saturday before the “domenica di Pasqua”. Every church hosts Easter masses, though the biggest one takes place at St. Peter’s Basilica, where the Pope provides his Easter blessings or “bendizione di Pasqua”.
Easter in Spain
Spain is well-known for its religious “Semana Santa” or Holy Week traditions during Easter. Large processions take place in which people parade through the streets in coloured costumes and mourn the death of Christ. These parades range from sombre to glamourous, including representatives of religious brotherhoods wearing cloaks and hoods of various colours. Some of the best places to witness Easter processions for yourself are in Seville, Granada, Zamora, Salamanca and Valladolid.
Easter in Brazil
Brazil has one of the largest Christian populations in the world and a culture that often revolves around family and tradition – which come together for Easter in Brazil. Already before the holiday, grocery stores and markets start having Easter eggs on display. For Easter Day itself or “Dia de Páscoa”, you’ll find Brazilians in church and then spending quality time for the rest of the day with loved ones and family
Easter travel brings new experiences
Although Easter holidays have similar roots, different cultures around the world offer a surprising variety of Easter experiences. It’s a great time to get out and explore the world around for some new experiences and a mini-break. Pro-tip: don’t forget to check which Easter days are public holidays in the countries you are travelling to. Last-minute loans can also be a great way to get your wallet in order, so you don’t have to stress on your vacation when the banks are closed.