I would like to wish all my office-break followers a fun-filled, well-earned break from work this Easter Bank Holiday. To get you in the holiday spirit, I have put together a selection of my favourite Easter celebrations around the world. Whether you choose to knock your eggs in Romania or parade your Easter bonnet in NYC, a very happy and peaceful Easter to you.
Requiring the manpower of 50 volunteers, the Easter Chevin cross near Otley in Yorkshire was first erected in 1969 and remains in place for four weeks every year as an Easter symbol. Visible for up to 60 kilometres, the Cross is a powerful reminder of the importance of the Easter story.
Each Easter Sunday, the citizens of New York City are invited to don their best Easter bonnets in an annual parade along 5th Avenue. Dating back to the 1870s, the parade was immortalised by stage sirens, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland and still today packs them in. The parade lasts from 10.00 – 4.00pm with the best viewing point from St Patrick’s Cathedral.
While sadly there are no official Easter Island Easter celebrations (that would be too good to be true), the island’s 4000 residents celebrate the arrival of spring every year in early April at the Easter Island Festival which celebrates art, music and culture. While still a fledgling festival (initiated in 2010), it’s experiencing rapid growth and could be one to watch in the future.
Not to be outdone by NYC’s Easter bonnets, San Francisco’s Union Street Easter parade features the colourful and eclectic community of San Francisco in all their finery. The event is held at 2.00pm on Union Street in the Marina District. Prepare to be dazzle by roller-blading cows to sophisticated fashions and classic cars.
In Romania, colourful painted eggs, (often featuring the colour red to represent the blood of Christ), appear all over town as part of the Easter celebrations. It is customary to knock each others eggs and those who knock up against each other are reputed to see each other again after death.
The annual Good Friday procession in the city of Makati in the Philippines is such a huge event that it normally brings the city’s traffic to a standstill. The procession follows a glass tomb, filled with images of Christ and Mother Mary holding a recently crucified Jesus, on a sombre march through the city accompanied by the faithful uttering prayers, singing hymns and holding candles.
The Churches of the Russian Orthodox branch of Christianity set their own timetable for Easter which is normally celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the 30 March. The Easter celebrations take place over a period of seven days during which time, residents attend church services, celebrate with friends and families and paint eggs.
Where would you ideally like to spend Easter this year? Let us know…….