Easter traditions of the different countries

Easter traditions in Ukraine

Easter is the feast of Christ’s resurrection, which in its observance combines both pagan and Christian elements. Easter (in Ukrainian: ‘Velykden’ or ‘Paskha’) is preceded by seven weeks of Lent and celebrated on each first week after vernal equinox and full moon. It is the most cheerful holiday for orthodox believers.

Easter traditions in Estonia

Easter in Estonia should not be missed. A rich historic background and periods of different rule have all left their mark on Estonian holiday traditions, making Easter one of the best times to enjoy Estonia’s colour and history.

Easter Week break in Andorra

Liturgical and cultural traditions in Andorra come together in the budding beautiful setting of spring, opening up marvellous nature spots. Easter Week is a good time to enjoy what the Pyrenean country has to offer: relaxing in the spa circuits, shopping or savouring the country’s typical dishes.

Easter traditions in Austria

Everything starts on PALM SUNDAY

The "palms" are actually made from various green branches or shoots (pussy willows, branches of juniper, boxwood, periwinkle, etc.). In some regions, they're decorated with apples, oranges, nuts, colored eggs, pretzels, artificial flowers, little wreaths or multi-colored ribbons.

Easter in Belarus

Easter is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

Easter in Albania

For a long time, roughly half-a-century, celebrating a religious festivity was a pure act of rebellion in Albania. Former dictator Enver Hoxha in his attempt to create the homo-sovieticus had banned anything from Christmas to Carnivals. Any challenge to the rule and you could be drop-shipped to the gulags as priority mail.

Easter traditions in Malta

In Malta Easter has been the focus of great festivities, in the churches which have been beautifully decorated, as well as the family observances.