Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK’s online leader in flight deals publishing, is bringing Easter from around the world to everyone’s doorstep with its Top 10 Easter Celebrations featuring unique traditions and even differing celebration dates.
“Easter is a great time of year for travel because it also marks the start of spring, so it’s a beautiful time to enjoy a break. It’s also a chance to see some of the great cultural traditions played out in very local ways,” says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk.
Here are some of our favourite Easter traditions from around the world:
Ceremonious in Lebanon
Lebanon’s Christians make up almost half the country’s population and are very fervent in their beliefs. As such, Easter here is a big deal characterised by ornately decorated streets, shops and restaurants filled with all things Easter from bunnies to chocolate and painted eggs. Easter Sunday is a huge celebration where absolutely everyone goes to church. After taking communion, the 40 day fast of eating a strictly vegan diet is broken. This is followed by a feast where lots of egg breaking ensues. Also unique to Easter in the region is the consumption of sweets called Maamoul, little cookies made with a mixture of semolina and butter then stuffed with either dates or ground sugared nuts and dusted with icing sugar.
All Bells en France
In France, church bells ring every day of the year except for the three days of Easter. Legend has it that the reason the bells stop ringing is because they’ve made a trip to Rome in order to be blessed. On Easter Sunday, the bells make their return and tour the entire country sprinkling chocolate eggs, chickens and rabbits as they go in each and every garden. After midday, children head to the gardens to find their hidden treasures left by the blessed bells.