Easter is just around the corner: supermarkets are full of chocolate eggs in the house already you start thinking about the menu for the classic Sunday lunch with the family and chat on social are clogged with news about the picnic on Easter Monday with friends. If you want to distort the routines of this most cherished religious holidays, and curiosity to discover new places and different customs, we have prepared for you a list of european countries where this holiday is honored in a way that’s original and picturesque, with eggs, hand-colored, processions, whips of willow and giant sculptures! Here’s how to celebrate Easter the european cities.
- How to celebrate Easter in Spain
- As we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in Denmark
- Easter in Malta
- Easter in Germany
- The easter tradition in the Czech Republic
Spain: the solemnity and tradition
Spain is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe: from the beautiful and fairytale-like Barcelona to the sophisticated Madrid, from the suggestive stages of the mystical Path of Santiago to the beaches sleepless and bustle of Ibiza, a holiday in the iberian country can satisfy the desires and expectations of every type of traveller.
The easter period is particularly suitable for a visit to Spain, because, in addition to the wonderful architectural sights, artistic and natural attractions that await you throughout the year, you can participate in some of the spectacular celebrations, exceptionally engaging and exciting.
Cuenca, with its medieval city centre and its stunning “houses hanging on”, programming has a religious and civil very interesting: the main event is a heartfelt Way of the Cross the living which takes place on the holy Friday, i.e. the “Procession of the Camino del Calvario”, also known as “las Turbas”.
León, which is home to a magnificent gothic cathedral of the XIII century, is well known, since the SIXTEENTH century, for about 10 days of wonderful and moving events. The 16 brotherhoods (for a total of 16,000 brothers) of the town organized more than 30 processions, often accompanied by re-enactments, religious, lyric songs, medieval music and, sometimes, animals (during the Easter Sunday, in fact, are released several doves). The procession of “Pasos”, that is, of imposing the images and sacred sculptures, is the most awaited event.
In Catalonia, in the small village of Verges, on holy Thursday, we held the “Dansa de la Mort”, the “Dance of Death”, an impressive show of fourteenth century origin, who tries to exorcise the fear of death.
The best destination for the so-called “Semana Santa” it remains, however, theAndalusia.
In this wonderful region, in fact, the easter celebrations become an exciting party, slapstick, and engaging in unexpected and uncontrollable. The processions of Malaga, Cordoba, Granada and Seville are theatrical, picturesque, and chaotically interesting as the protagonists of thrones religious, filled with statues of saints, candles and ex-votos, weighing up to 5 tons.
They are carried by hundreds of people and followed in procession by thousands of faithful. The members of the confraternities, dressed often with robes and hoods, some are barefoot, others blindfolded. Many of the women wear black dresses as a sign of mourning. The atmosphere is solemn but not heavy , and, in each case, can be treated gently with the typical “torrijas”, a sort of “french toast” in the Spanish version, prepared specially for Easter, bread slices, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and egg.
Denmark: flowers and hunting for eggs
Denmark is one of the most “happy” of the world and one of the most beautiful in Northern Europe. Copenhagen, its capital, is a city where innovation, green economy, traditions, and history have merged perfectly.
Evocative and dreamy, discover its most beautiful sights with a calm: see the cheerful and busy Radhuspladsen (city Hall Square) and the iconic little Mermaid, a small and graceful bronze statue of 1.25 m, which is inspired by the romantic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen, walking along the picturesque canal Nyhavn, visit its many castles and royal palaces, such as the elegant Rosenborg castle and the rococo Amalienborg palace, guarded by over three centuries by the Royal bodyguard, do some shopping in the area extremely trendy Strøget and browse the streets of Christiania, a community self-governed, hippie and anarchist, founded in 1971.
During the easter period, the city becomes even more charming and magical for the famous festival, Copenhagen, as Denmark, is tinged with yellow and green, from objects to tools for the kitchen (tablecloths, dishes, candles, vases, cutlery, etc.) up to the flowers. Houses, shops and public places are “invaded” by a myriad of fragrant daffodils yellow.
Tradition much beloved, is that of preparing, with the dried branches, a “Tree of Easter”, by decorate mostly with colored eggs. Among the typical dishes are the chocolate eggs, which the parents often hide around the house or in the garden, involving the children in an egg hunt, lamb, chicken and fish. Inevitable is the Påskebryg, i.e. the “Beer of Easter.”
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Malta: re-enactments, bells and cookies
Malta is a beautiful island from the point of view of art and nature, a perfect destination every month of the year. Its capital, Valletta, is the main attraction and houses a labyrinthine old town, declared a UNESCO world Heritage site.
Embraced by mighty walls, the city is embellished by elegant baroque buildings, the beautiful churches (the Cathedral of St. John, are preserved two works of Caravaggio), interesting museums, romantic spots, the crowded streets and full of shops, relaxing gardens , and, above all, the mystical Palace of the Grand Master, built in 1571 and is the seat for over three hundred years of the Knights of St. John. The celebrations of the maltese for the week of Easter are wonderfully intriguing and pleasant. All the centres, from the cities to the small villages, to organize parties and rites characteristic.
The holy Thursday, in the interior of the churches are covered with drapes of black cloth, put on the Way of the Cross, replicas of the stages of the Passion more or less large and more or less elaborate (exceptional those of Bormla) and prepares a station for the “washing of the feet” and they organize colourful Altars of Repose.
Tradition wants that you should visit the Altars of the seven churches before midnight. The good Friday, the island is “invaded” by solemn processions and performances, dramatised the death of Jesus Christ. The most important and majestic are those of Valletta, Zebbug and Mosta, which are distinguished by the careful construction of sets and costumes, and will bring you back in the Middle East 2000 years ago.
The holy Saturday, after a day of quiet, you wait, in the vicinity of the churches, the time of the commemoration of the Resurrection, announced by the lighting of hundreds of candles, ringing bells at the feast and sacred hymns.
The Easter Sunday is a day of joy and happiness. The processions carry around the statue of the Risen Jesus, some even running. Balconies and homes are brightly decorated, the faithful throw confetti in the street and the children bless the “figolla”, a biscuit made of almond paste from the forms varied and funny (fish, lamb, bell, rabbit, etc.).
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Germany: the trees of Easter, markets and festivals of spring
Germany is a destination of pleasant and suggestive, where you can find a lot of castles and villages collected but full of fairy-tale charm, as of those along the Romantic Road is, how big and spectacular city. In Monaco, the pearl of the bavarian which houses splendid palaces, and churches, do not miss the Marienplatz, to the beautiful Neues Rathaus and Altes Rathaus, the luxurious Residenz, the royal residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty, and the Frauenkirche, a gothic church of the fifteenth century with turrets from the original rounded tip.
Berlin, the capital alternative in Europe, instead, is famous for its historical monuments, such as the Reichtag, Brandenburg Gate, the Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, both for its night life, crowded, chaotic and not to be missed! Then do not forget to admire the murals that have transformed into art is one of the symbols most dramatic of the last century, the already mentioned Berlin Wall.
Spend Easter in Germany it means to find oneself in a world full of “trees of Easter” bunnies magic, bonfire, fireworks, christmas markets, festival of spring, the fountains decorated with flowers, historical re-enactments, and, above all, colored eggs and hand-decorated. The latter are the central element of the celebrations of Easter: the tradition, propitiatory symbol of regeneration and new life, is very ancient and probably dates back to the XIII century.
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Almost every German center has a full calendar of easter events, then you will be spoilt for choice. In addition to the thousands of appointments that await you at Berlin (click here for an in-depth program) and Munich, among the most important events to visit, there are the colorful Ostermünde, the festival of easter for the whole family, held in Travemünde, a short distance from the precious Lübeck, the insanely fun Volksfest in Nuremberg, and the ancient and overwhelming Spring Dippemess in Frankfurt.
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Heute: 🎉 Familien-Spaß-Tag 🎉 auf dem Nürnberger Frühlingsfest… Der Tag steht ganz im Zeichen der Familie: – Kinderschminken – Kasperltheater – Figurenparade – Luftballonsteigen Dazu noch einige Aktionen: – “wer A sagt muss nicht B sagen” (Sprichwörter Aktion) – Erlebte Physik am Volksfest … – Bulldogtreffen – uvm. Wir machen Freizeit zum Vergnügen♥️
Czech republic: painted eggs, jokes and fun
The Czech Republic is a beautiful country and romantic, one of the favorite destinations for travelers from around the world, mainly thanks to its fabulous capital. Visiting Prague, you’ll feel like living in a fairy tale, to be bewitched by a spell. Admire the castle, the magnificent gothic St. Vitus cathedral, whose construction began in 1344, and the precious architecture of Malá Strana.
Discover the magical legends of the Golden Lane, where the expert alchemists tried to transform base metals into gold, and of the Jewish Ghetto, and reflect on the history of a people persecuted. Lose yourself in the maze of streets of the Stare Mesto, i.e. of the “Old City”, and then find yourself in the central square, dominated by the town Hall and its Astronomical Clock, a masterpiece of art and engineering. Visiting the Czech Republic and Prague on the occasion of the Easter holidays, you will have the possibility to discover also of the rituals, moving and original traditions.
The czechs love this holiday, even if you don’t live in a deeply religious as is happening in other countries, including the already mentioned Spain. One easter, in fact, is a period marked by laughter, jokes and fun. The names of the days of the “saints” are the most funny (Wednesday, bad on Thursday-green, Friday,, Saturday, white, etc.) and the heart of the celebrations is not so much the Sunday as the Monday of Easter, dedicated to the “pomlázka”, a custom bizarre and ancient, to a certain extent controversial and patriarchal, but which is deeply rooted in the community.
The “pomlázka” is a kind of whip made with willow twigs interwoven and embellished with ribbons and other decorations and is used by boys and men to “whip” gently the legs of girls and women, a gesture which, according to legend, would ensure their health and beauty. Among the symbols the most popular and beloved items are the painted eggs, and the trees of Easter, while the color associated with the holiday is red.