Want to make the most of the Easter break this year? Book a short getaway to one of these fabulous destinations and experience some of the Easter traditions taking place across the globe first hand…
While famous for its Renaissance art and architecture, locals flock to the streets of Florence at Easter to celebrate Scoppio del Carro or ‘explosion of the cart’. As the name suggests, this 350-year-old tradition involves an ornate cart being filled with fireworks. Before being lit outside the Duomo by the Archbishop of Florence during Easter mass, the cart is carried through the city’s streets by people dressed in colourful 15th century costumes.
The tradition is thought to date back to the First Crusade and is performed in the hope of a good harvest that year.
Forget pointy hats and green, warty noses, this Finnish custom involves children with made-up faces and scarves wrapped around their heads, carrying bunches of willow twigs adorned with feathers. They head out onto the streets and beg for chocolate – similar to our Halloween traditions!
On Easter Sunday, some areas of Western Finland continue the Nordic tradition of burning bonfires as it is believed the flames will fend off witches flying around on broomsticks.
On Easter Monday, the members of the Giant Omelette Brotherhood of Bessieres gather round a pan in the main square of the southern French town to cook, you guessed it, a giant omelette. And it really is huge – the last one was made with 15,000 eggs!
Legend has it that Napoleon and his army stopped in the small town to eat omelettes on their way through the south of France. The French military leader is said to have been such a fan that he ordered the townspeople to provide all their eggs to cook a giant version to feed his army the next day.
The Greek island of Corfu has a cracking tradition that takes place on the morning of Holy Saturday. Pot throwing sees people throw pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows and from their balconies, smashing them on the streets below.
Some believe the tradition derives from the Venetian New Year’s Day act of throwing out all their old items, while others view it symbolically with new pots needed to store new crops.
For 140 years, children have been gathering at the White House to participate in the Easter Egg Roll, which involves rolling a coloured hard-boiled egg with a wooden spoon. Since 1878, the activity has been taking place on the South Lawn of the White House and the festivities have grown. The egg rollers are personally greeted by the President and the First Lady and each participant will receive a special presidential wooden egg at the end of the day.
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