Easter holidays are an opportunity for family gatherings, but also for holidays that give you the opportunity to celebrate Easter in another country to discover sometimes surprising traditions... Here is our selection of destinations to go to at Easter!
Where to go for Easter: In Malta
Holy Week, which precedes Easter, is punctuated by very important religious and traditional events in Malta. During the night from Thursday to Friday, Maltese people spend a good part of the night visiting churches. According to tradition, they must visit seven churches before Friday. For visitors, it is a great opportunity to discover the many beautiful churches of Valletta, European Capital of Culture in 2018
On Good Friday, you can attend the beautiful procession of statues from Ta'Giezu Church in Valletta. These statues represent scenes from the Way of the Cross.
Where to go for Easter: At Seville
Seville's Holy Week is famous all over the world. Nearly 50,000 people wear the penitent's habit to march in one of the 58 processions, while the costaleros (porters) carry the pasos (altars) on their backs. During these processions, which take place every day, we hear the saetas, flamenco songs that the inhabitants sing a capella from their balconies
The night of Good Friday is the highlight of the week: you can admire important religious statues such as the Jesús del Gran Poder, the Macarena or the Cristo de los Gitanos
Where to go for Easter: In the northern Germany
In Germany, fires are lit at Easter, but this is a tradition that is mainly found in the northern part of the country! The local people then set fire, in complete safety, to large piles of wood on Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday
The custom of Easter fires has existed since 1559 and is originally a pagan tradition designed to "burn" all the bad adventures of the past year, the idea being to celebrate the renewal and arrival of spring
But now it's more like an opportunity to get together with friends for a drink while admiring the Easter fires. Of course, visitors are welcome!
Where to go for Easter: In the Czech Republic
It is probably in the Czech Republic that the Easter traditions are the most unusual and most entertaining, no doubt. Equipped with a mini whip of artisanal manufacture, the children, only the boys, go door-to-door to collect painted eggs from the housewives. If they don't, it's a guaranteed boost!
This tradition of pagan origin also concerns men who can do the same with their friends, their wives or even strangers. However, be reassured that it remains good-natured and the mini whip does not hurt at all! This mainly leads to good fun sessions and even tourists can play the game. Whips are on sale everywhere at Easter time in the Czech Republic, so anyone can get them!
Where to go for Easter: In Finland
In the land of Santa Claus, Easter celebrations have a Halloween feel to them. Due to a tradition, also of pagan origin, all children in Finland dress up as little witches and wizards at Easter time and then go from house to house to collect as many sweets and chocolate eggs as possible. It's very cute to see!
Where to go for Easter: In Paris
If you want to stay in France for Easter, you won't be bored either! Several large and fun egg hunts are organized all over the hexagon
In Paris, we recommend one in particular, because it promises to be truly exceptional!
In the 8th arrondissement, the Faubourg Saint-Honoré committee is organizing a major egg hunt on March 28 in the Champs-Élysées garden from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in partnership with Maison Dalloyau
On this occasion, renowned chefs from this district have created exceptional eggs that will delight gourmands
Among other things, you can taste the chocolate eggs prepared by Shereen Khelif, pastry chef at Sofitel Paris le Faubourg; Nicolas Jaulmes, pastry chef at Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris; Claire Heitzler, pastry chef at Ladurée; and even Guillaume Gomez, chef des cuisines at the Élysée
To participate in this gastronomic egg hunt, simply register at [email protected] (subject to availability).
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