Easter is among the most important events in the Christian calendar. It is celebrated across the world, so the chance to celebrate the holiday in a beautiful location is huge. Take a break from work, pick your destination, and have an amazing time this Easter. You can enjoy nature, and also learn about the local customs and traditions in these places. Here are a few options you can choose from.
Malta – Malta is a beautiful island country in the Mediterranean Sea. Easter in Malta is marked with celebrations held throughout Holy Week with great spirituality. The tradition is to visit the “seven churches” along with some other interesting destinations. Biblical scenes are reconstructed in the Maltese villages and towns on Good Friday, and they are truly captivating displays. People dress up like Roman soldiers in the parades, while others dress in robes and hoods and walk with metal chains tied to their ankles. It’s a spectacle to watch.
Rome – There are few places more appropriate to celebrate Easter than in Rome, after all—it’s the capital of Christianity. The Vatican is a busy place this time of the year. One of the biggest events is the “Way of the Cross” at the Colosseum and the Via Crucis as well that depicts the final moments of Jesus. The Pope leads the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing at noon from St. Peter’s Basilica. That’s a huge attraction in Rome during Easter. Traditional dishes include goat or lamb, Easter breads, and artichokes, which are in season and a Roman specialty.
Jerusalem – Those who are religious should definitely head to Jerusalem for Easter. You can go to the Mount of Olives and the Dome of the Rock. Don’t miss Coenaculum either, and be sure to walk along Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus himself took. Jerusalem is a unique city, so you are sure to love your visit, even if you are not all that religious. You will fall in love with this vibrant and modern city, which is steeped in history and traditions.
Madrid – The Spanish capital is a fine place for your Easter vacation. There are as many as 20 religious processions, starting with the Domingo de Ramos, where locals bearing palm branches flood the streets. Madrid’s Archbishop starts off the Holy Wednesday. Statues of Jesus del Gran Poder and Virgin Maria Santisima de la Esperanza are brought out and displayed. Then, the Procession of Silence is held on Good Friday.
Bucovina, Romania – Head to this beautiful Romanian city to see the gorgeous Easter eggs on display. People have been practicing this veritable art for generations. Several Christian traditions, such as Resurrection of Christ, are celebrated.