5 Easter Travel Destinations in Europe

April and Easter are here! This may be one of my favorite times of the year. Its spring, you can find tasty chocolate eggs from every shop and who wouldn’t love Easter? This holiday is celebrated differently around the year so today I decided to share 5 funny Easter travel destinations with you. Enjoy!

 

5. London, UK

Big ben and Telephone box London

What would be Easter without egg hunt? One of the biggest and most popular egg hunts happens every year in London. Download app and run around the city trying to find eggs with The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. In addition to egg hunting London has also other activities that do it one of the best Easter travel destinations. There is fireworks, performances around the city and a lot of events for families.

 

4. Small villages of Malta

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Malta has its own traditional ways of spending Easter that is why it is one of the most interesting Easter travel destinations in Europe. Good Friday is the start of everything when villagers dress-up as biblical characters and praise God. Religious statues, that have been carried out of churches, are important part of this ritual and mood is quite sorrow.

On Sunday locals celebrate risen Christ with festival like events. There is singing, dancing and partying. In the end they carry statues back to churches. However, don’t worry! Even if Easter in Malta seems very religious they also have delicious chocolate eggs for children (and for older chocolate lovers). Even if you are not religious person Malta is definitely THE Easter travel destination everyone should try once in their lives.

 

3. Any city in Finland

Travel Year 2016 Helsinki

Of course I should mention my lovely home country… In Finland Easter Sunday is like Halloween. May sound funny but that’s the truth. In fact we don’t have that many ‘trick-or-treaters’ on Halloween but on Easter we have even more people doing something similar.

Finnish kids dress-up as different characters (traditionally as witches but nowadays I see more of superheroes and other famous characters) and they decorate branches with colorful feathers and ribbons. Then on Easter Sunday they go from door to door and change their branches to chocolates, Easter eggs and money. This changing process goes usually kids waving their branches while saying:

“Virvon varvon tuoreeks terveeks tulevaks vuodeks. Vitsa sulle palkka mulle.”

After that they get candy. So, if you visit Finland during Easter time you may see (almost) real witches going around the streets. Also don’t forget to taste our traditional Easter dessert Mämmi (yeah, yeah, I know it looks like poop but some of us Finns really like it!)

 

2. Colmar, France

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Colmar is known as one of the best Easter destinations in Europe because it has two huge Easter markets. Citizens also celebrate spring at Easter time so there is colorful decorations and happy people everywhere. Usually Easter in Comar starts with families’ own egg hunts at home but after that everyone gets together around the town to different Easter events. There is everything from traditional exhibitions to ‘Eierpicke’ egg fight and from egg race to colorful markets.

 

1. Vatican and Rome, Italy

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First place in my Easter travel destinations list goes to Vatican and Rome because of pope. There is several events around these cities during Easter that are lead by pope. And who wouldn’t like to pope at least once in their life time? Most of these events are free but also crowded. Maybe the most popular event is however pope’s mass on Palm Sunday in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican. If you decide to do Easter traveling to Rome that is must thing to do.

Another important and impressive event is on Good Friday. Huge Via Crucis cross burns against the dark sky. Pope is also present in this event giving his blessing but so are big crowds of tourists and believers. Easter celebration end at Monday to beautiful fireworks and partying.

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Happy early Easter for all you travelers reading this! What kind of traditions does your country have for Easter? Or what are your favorite Easter travel destinations? Like always all comments are welcome and I would like to know what you think.

Also this is my first time writing about places where I have never been before. What do you think? Do you want more posts like this that I have written solely doing research? Well, I had fun writing this so whatever you think I will probably do more of these (subject recommendations are always welcome too…)

With love,

Viivi Severina

25 thoughts on “5 Easter Travel Destinations in Europe

  1. Finland sounds fun at Easter. Any excuse to dress up is a good one. The Czech Republic is also fun. They’ve got some crazy traditions like boys hitting girls with colorful sticks so they’re more fertile, haha.

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    1. Haha I think Czech Republic sounds also fun to spend time in at Easter. 🙂 I’m starting to think that my Easter list is too short because there is so many interesting traditions around the world.

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  2. Viivi, when we lived in Finland, our four children all dressed up and when to friends and neighbors homes with out decorated pussy willow branches. The kids had a blast, and so did we. They even attempted to say the Finnish phrase and did a decent job of it too. It’s a great tradition.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I think it is so cool you wanted to take part to this tradition. It is one of my favorite Finnish traditions. I am even now waiting for people to come and ask for chocolate but I live currently in student apartment so no one is probably coming this year 😦

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    1. Haha… Welcome to Finland then! Hopefully you will visit here someday. But I agree with you, I got so inspired when I researched these! Maybe next year I will do Easter trip to somewhere. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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    1. Well fortunately you can always eat chocolate inside if outside doesn’t work. I will spend Finnish Easter this year but hopefully next year I can do something new and interesting. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  3. Easter in Finland sounds so interesting! Here in Poland they have “Easter Monday”, where boys dump water on girls (apparently girls do the same to boys the next day). I think it’s from a pagan ritual but it kinda seems like a weird courting ritual to see the object of your affections in a wet t-shirt.

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    1. Now I think Easter in Poland sounds interesting! Also that Finnish one is also pagan ritual but is more about getting free candy 😀 thanks for commenting!

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    1. Haha… Sometimes I forget that it is not normal Easter thing around the world. And that “Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks. Vitsa sulle palkka mulle.” really expresses what this tradition really is about.

      Virvon means the act of shaking the decorated branch. Varvon doesn’t really mean anything but it rhymes with virvon.

      “Tuoreeks terveeks tulevaks vuodeks” means that the one who gives that branch wishes healthy coming year for the person who receives that branch.

      And “Vitsa sulle palkka mulle” means “you will get this decorated branch and I will get reward.”

      So basically the idea is that these witches charm healthy year for the person who gives them sweets, etc. 🙂

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