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publication date: March 21, 2023
Would you agree that Polish Easter is celebrated very traditionally? The sanctification of the basket, the family breakfast and the symbolic sharing of eggs have become a permanent part of the Polish consciousness. Although it's hard to imagine Easter without Palm Sunday or Easter Monday, it's worth doing something different from time to time and learning about Easter customs of other countries! Interesting ideas for Easter include, for example.... going abroad. Read our article and find out where to go for Easter!
Wondering where to go for Easter with the kids? Spend a family holiday searching for treasures in.... United States! Egg Hunt, as it is called, is one of the most popular Easter customs in the United States. The game involves searching for chocolate eggs, which are usually hidden from children in the house or garden. Contrary to what you might think, it's not only great entertainment for the little ones, but also for the parents! A well-known Easter tradition in the US involves an... egg rolling competitions. Easter Egg Rolling is a game of rolling eggs down a hill on the lawn - the person whose egg survives the competition in its entirety wins. You may be surprised to learn that one of its participants was the President of the United States himself?
If you're hoping to sample traditional Easter food when going to the US - we have to disappoint you. Americans mostly eat their holiday meals in restaurants. However, they take great care of their surroundings and do not forget to decorate their properties - Easter in the States will be almost as colorful and full of decorations as Christmas! Where to spend Easter with your family? We don't know a better place than the USA!
Not sure where to spend Easter? Head on over to the United Kingdom! To celebrate the Easter holiday, Brits have up to four days off. They use them to relax both in the city, dining in local pubs, and elsewhere. It is also common in the UK to organize day trips to nature, taking huge baskets of drinks and snacks. This is not only a fantastic activity for the whole family, but also a romantic option for couples! Another popular tradition is the distribution of specially minted pence coins by the currently reigning monarch. The coins are handed out each year on Holy Friday, and Sunday mornings are dedicated to the little ones getting to eat sweets - usually in the form of chocolate eggs with various fillings. Did you like the idea of playing Egg Rolling? We have good news - it's also practiced on the islands! I guess you already know where to spend Easter?
Still thinking where to go abroad for Easter? Head to the Czech Republic, a country where Easter is treated as the... first day of spring! This is quite an original approach, so it's worth taking a closer look. Several Czech customs are associated with the first day of spring - for example, naming the days of Holy Week with colors. So we have Blue Monday, Green Thursday, Holy Friday, and White Saturday. In addition, Czechs take great care of the decor of their homes - on the occasion of Easter they are in the habit of setting up pots of grain, usually wheat, in their interiors. In Czech homes at Easter you can also expect the aromatic smell of freshly baked cake in the shape of a lamb or the so-called Judas, a yeast cake with honey. Easter Monday celebrations are also an interesting tradition - at that time men stroll through the streets with willow bows in their hands and slap females on their feet. Hard to believe? It was once thought that this pastime was supposed to herald youth and health, but today... has been replaced by the custom of pouring water on women! In some localities, of course.
If you are hesitating where to go for Easter - choose Spain! Easter is the biggest and most respected religious event in the calendar of Spaniards. Many look forward to Semana Santa with longing and treat it as equal to Christmas. No surprise - the celebration is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! On the occasion of Easter, there are solemn processions throughout the country, which follow the streets of cities and towns and are.... spectacular! Although Spain is a deeply religious country, its people are also very lively, and the festivities in their performance are pure joy and energy! Easter celebrations begin with Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) and end on Lunes de Pascua, or Easter Monday. Traditional dishes on the Spanish table, however, are potaje de garbanzos (chickpea dish), huevos de vigilia (hard-boiled egg dish) or potaje de vigilia (fish dish). As you can see, Spaniards are very fond of one-pot dishes! When visiting Spain during Semana Santa, don't forget to try the traditional torrijas, or fried bread with honey and cinnamon - yum! If you are planning a trip for Easter and want to spend the holiday in a bit more cheerful atmosphere, bet on a Spanish fiesta!
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