If you love chocolate as much as we do, you’ll love the Easter traditions in the UK! Eggs, eggs and more chocolate eggs. But in Corfu, they throw pots at Easter, and in the Czech Republic, men (gently!) whip the legs of ladies they like with pussy-willow branches on Easter Monday! We have come across so many weird and wonderful Easter traditions on our travels that we thought it would be fun to pick out our favourites. So here they are: our top 5 Easter traditions around the world!
1. The mona in Barcelona
Head to Barcelona in the run up to Easter and you’ll see some fabulous cake creations in the bakery windows. These are the monas – Easter cakes which are traditionally gifted from godparents to godchildren and eaten on Easter Monday. Check out the windows at the city’s most famous pastisseria, Escribà, where recent creations have included a recreation of the fabulous Ferrari Land rollercoaster in PortAventura World made from 150 kilograms of chocolate!
2. Holy Week processions in Seville
The Holy Week processions in Seville attract enormous crowds, jostling in the narrow streets for the best views of the religious statues atop the floats. The floats are carried by members of religious associations, usually wearing robes and pointed hoods, and are so heavy that it requires months of practice to be able to move them through the narrow streets. (Stick around, if you can, for the Feria de Abril, a fantastically exuberant display of flamenco and horsemanship which provides the perfect counterpoint to the solemn Holy Week parades!)
3. Easter Saturday fireworks in Greece
Easter is a gorgeous time to visit Greece. Spring has sprung, with flowers and green shoots everywhere. And it’s also a time to celebrate renewal in the Greek Orthodox tradition. Services are held late on Easter Saturday, when everyone lights their candle from a holy flame in the church and then parades through the town. The streets are lit up by hundreds of people holding candles. At midnight, fireworks explode over the villages to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, and families share traditional cakes.
4. Easter Sunday pot throwing on Corfu
The fun doesn’t stop on Easter Saturday for the people of Corfu! On Easter Sunday, as soon as the morning service is over, everyone chucks earthenware pots out of the windows and onto the streets below. Sometimes they fill the pots with water for maximum noise and impact! It’s deafening – but lots of fun!
5. Flowers and torch festival on the Algarve
The pretty little town of Sao Bras de Alportel, just a 20-minute drive from Faro, celebrates Easter in style! On Easter Sunday, there is a beautiful procession through the streets with candle-lit torches wrapped in flowers for the Festa das Tochas Floridas (Festival of Flower Torches). The streets are carpeted with more blooms in a gorgeous display that dates back centuries.