Easter Bank Holiday Bonanza!
With Easter and the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton just around the corner, why not make the most of two successive four-day weekends by taking a single extended break?
As the days are getting longer, we explore some Easter traditions abroad to make the most of this opportunity.
Known as Ostern, Easter festivities are very much enjoyed by the Germans as families get together to celebrate. You will see big fires too – old Christmas trees are burned to see off winter and herald the arrival of Spring. Fish is a big part of the cuisine on Good Friday, as are coloured eggs and lamb-shaped cakes. Treat yourself to a cruller, similar to a thick doughnut and absolutely yummy!
Easter, known as Pasqua in Italy, is a joyous family occasion, celebrated with much aplomb in most cities throughout the country with its strong ties to the Catholic faith. Streets will be thronging as folks come out in celebration. Sicily is particularly impressive during this time, with processions in every town and village. Enjoy concerts, games and myriad entertainment for all ages. Try the famous cassata, Sicily’s signature cake made with sweet ricotta cheese, marzipan and fruit.
Greek Easter is an experience like no other – its customs and traditions have changed little over centuries and the country comes alive with festivals and celebrations. The spirit amongst the Greek Orthodox communities is unique. Remember, though, the dates of Greek Easter are different as they still use the Julian calendar. If you are lucky enough to have a break in Greece this Easter, make sure you join in with their tradition of dyeing eggs red before cracking them!
Easter is an important holiday in the States. Check out Mardi Gras, the world famous New Orleans carnival. Experience parades, jazz bands, dancing and a whole host more in one continuous party of epic proportions. Most US cities celebrate Easter with bands marching through the main streets. Egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and toys are popular amongst kids whilst the adults enjoy hot cross buns!
One of the most important religious and commercial holidays of the year, Easter in Mexico is a combination of Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday to the following Saturday). Join in the carnival in Mazatlan, the third largest carnival celebration in the world. Plays, festivals and celebrations set Mexico alight during this 2 week holiday. The weather during this time in Mexico tends to be hot and dry, making a trip to the beach a great attraction and a busy time for tourists and locals alike. Enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and join the party!
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If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!