Ultimate Guide To The 10 Most Unusual Easter Travel Destinations In The World For 2022

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The month of April brings us the Holy Week leading to Easter and of course, the spring season. Of course there is nothing wrong in staying and spend this solemn occasion at home but Easter is one of the best opportunities to travel because the weather gets warmer and flowers start to bloom, the earth looks prettier again after the gloomy winter.

Now that the world has been partially opened, Easter would be an amazing chance to stretch your legs and explore a new place, a new culture and do the things you’ve never done before. While this is regarded as a religious holiday which is revered in many parts of the world, there are places that practice weird customs and let’s take a look at the most unusual Easter travel destinations in the world this 2022.

Semana Santa in Malaga, Spain

If you’re in the mood for festivities, head out to Malaga, Spain for its Passion of Christ processions. Malaga, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world, is famous for its Semana Santa (Holy week) which is characterized by long parades through the city during the whole week – April 10-17. Organized by cofradias or hermandades (brotherhood) these processions consist of two tronos (floats): one carrying the image of Christ and the other a statue of the Virgin Mary with members of the cofradias carrying the floats.

Holy week processions in Malaga include the following:

  • Sunday, April 10 – Palm Sunday where children carry palm leaves.
  • Monday, April 11 – Los Gitanos, a procession of gypsies accompanying the Christ and the Virgin images with a song and a dance.
  • Tuesday, April 12- Las Penas, wherein the Virgin’s mantilla (cloak) is made up of flowers.
  • Wednesday, April 13 – El Rico, the statue of Christ is escorted by a pardoned prisoner and doves (La Paloma) are flown around the Virgin’s images during the procession.
  • Thursday, April 14 – Cristo de Mena (legionnaire or soldiers) troops accompany the Christ’s image as they parade around Malaga.
  • Friday, April 15 – the procession is so solemn and silent during this day and when the Orden de Servitas (Servite Order) pass by, all the lights in the city will be turned off as the parade goes through the streets.
  • Sunday, April 17 – the black and purple gowns that clothed the images are replaced by white and green colors during the Sunday of Resurrection procession.

Easter Knights Festival in Berlin, Germany

For the Germans, Easter is the first event to go outdoors to celebrate after a long winter. And in Berlin, the Spandau Citadel or Easter Knights Festival, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world invites you to enjoy knights tournament, fire shows and other traditional festivities. From morning to night medieval market spectacle, knights, jugglers, acrobats, singers await locals and tourists for the hustle and bustle of the day. Spandau Citadel is a fortress in Berlin built during the Renaissance period that has now become a foremost tourist spot.

Nowruz Festival in Uzbekistan

Nowruz, meaning “new day” in Uzbekistan, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world, is a holiday that marks the arrival of spring. While this country located along the ancient Silk Road may not be a Christian nation, its Nowruz is one of the most colorful spring festivals in the world. People perform ritual dances and fill containers in their homes with water which is associated with health to banish bad luck, the triumph of warm and light over cold and darkness.

Easter Markets in Krakow, Poland

Krakow in Poland, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world is the best representative of Easter celebration in Europe because it is not only for it’s strong Catholic tradition but its Easter Markets as well. It is held annually in the Old Town’s main square (or plaza), Rynek Glowny. In the lead-up to Easter, stalls occupy the plaza selling a vast array of colorful merchandise, food and souvenir items at this famous spring market.

Keukenhoff Garden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visit Amsterdam in The Netherlands, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world and discover the beautiful tulips and other flowers in full bloom at Keukenhoff Garden. The largest and most famous spring garden in Amsterdam and in the world rather, it offers you an eye-popping splash of colors from different flowers spread across 32 hectares of landscaped grounds.

Paskalye at the House of The Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey

Since it is an Islamic country, Easter is not celebrated in Turkey yet there are still other ways to spend the holiday in this country. In Ephesus, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world, this ancient Greek city 3 km southwest of modern day Sercuk in Ismir, Turkey there stands the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryam Anna Evi). This is one of the most special places to visit in the world during Easter and a famous pilgrimage site for Catholics located at Mt. Koressos and it is believed that it’s the house where the Lord‘s earthly Mother have spent her last days on earth.

Pot Smashing in Corfu, Greece

In the Greek island of Corfu, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world, celebration of this important Orthodox holiday is quite a smash. Corfiots (name referred to the islanders) mark Holy Saturday with an obscure tradition called “botidas” where big clay pots are thrown from balconies of their homes, smashing into pieces down to the streets below where thousands of onlookers gather to watch. While organizers claim no one has ever been hurt during this ritual, they said that this practice help ward off bad spirits and sometimes spectators take pieces of the broken clay pot home as good luck charms.

Paaskekrimmen in Oslo, Norway

Up north in Oslo, Norway, Easter time or “Paaske” is a major holiday and a “crime time”, a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world. At this time of the year, Norway’s capital is free of crowds as people head to the mountains to enjoy spring’s last chance for a serious skiing or get the best tan while relaxing under the sun on the wall of their hytte (cabin). And then there is “paaskekrimmen” of “Easter crime” which is an integral part of their celebration, and nope it’s not as horrible as you think, this is the Norwegians love of reading crime novels or watching suspense thrillers during their Easter break.

Urbi et Orbi Blessing, Rome Italy

Being the seat of the Catholic faith, Rome in Italy is a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world and it can become crowded at this time as pilgrims will pour in from around the globe. Joining the Mass on Easter Sunday led by the Pope himself together with thousands of other faithfuls will be a fascinating experience in the course of one’s life. While the ambience is very spiritual, seeing the Pope and receiving his special blessing called Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) from the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica that only happens twice a year, that is at Christmas and Easter is a chance of a lifetime itself.

Partaking With The Biggest Omelette on Earth at Haux, France

In France, Easter is widely celebrated and besides the traditional ceremonies and family gatherings, there are different practices specific to this country. The city of Haux, which a most unusual Easter travel destination in the world, there is this 30-year tradition of huge omelette making on Easter Monday. Over 5,000 egg omelette serves 1,000 people and it is connected to a legend about Napoleon traveling through this part with his army in the 17th century where he had an omelette. He enjoyed the food and asked for another one for his entire army so a huge one was made and up to this day, the tradition is still practiced in Haux, feeding a thousand people every Easter, tourists included.

Easter time is a wonderful celebration throughout the world. But no matter where you are during this spring break, as long as you are with your loved ones, it’s the most important thing. Happy Easter 2022 to all and always stay safe because COVID-19 is still hanging around the corner.

Reference: Wikipedia