Easter Celebrations Around the World

Posted on April 26, 2011 by

Over the weekend, Christians from different corners of the world celebrated Easter in fervor. The celebrations took place in various forms: from religious processions to colorful parades and bunny-and-eggs celebrations. Last year, I was fortunate to witness one of the biggest Easter celebrations in the world – Seville’s Holy Week (Semana Santa) celebrations are known to be know the biggest and grandest in Spain, with larger-than-life processions taking place through out the city. This year, let’s go to different corners of the world to see how Easter is celebrated. From Europe to Latin America, I’ll let these photos take us around the world.

Antigua, Guatemala

5033290524_583ba9501f_zAlfombras – or flower carpets – line the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, during the Holy Week. Photo by Marina K. Villatoro.

5033338066_b21ac9a4f0_z (1) Colorful floors in Antigua, Guatemala. Photo by Marina K. Villatoro.

Seville, Spain

  tn_IMG_3238 Religious processions in the city of Seville.

Holy Week procession Brotherhoods – dressed in shiny robe and pointed hoods (strangely resembling the Klu Klux Klan) carry candles and incense parade around the city.

Florence, Italy

4496445306_5efc5db105_z A medieval parade takes the streets of Florence, Italy. Photo by Roger Wo.

4496445780_0c8374aaff_zBand dressed in tights and ancestral costumes. Photo by Roger Wo.

Kiev, Ukraine

3431032186_b6a54dc6e4_z Hand-made Easter eggs in Ukraine. Photo by kurisurokku.

Pennsylvania, USA

250697119_03ab8b4952_zIt’s a tradition to hang Easter eggs on trees in many parts of the world. Here’s a colorful Easter egg tree in Selinsgrove, PA. Photo by ClatieK.

New York City, USA

4490406169_f06bcfedfd_z Easter takes on a funky spin at the annual Easter Parade in downtown New York City. Photo by Nuno Luz.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

3 Responses to “Easter Celebrations Around the World”

  1. Norbert April 27, 2011 12:22 am #

    This year I had the chance to visit Antigua right at the beginning of Lent, when they start building a few carpets inside the churches. They are so colorful and artistic! I wish I stayed more time to see the whole celebration till Easter. But, I had the chance to see NYC parade, since I'm living here. It was really fun and there were some crazy costumes (as usual in NY!)

  2. T Roach April 27, 2011 6:59 am #

    I love the robes in Seville…they're so cool when they're not associated with the KKK in any way! Even though they look almost the same, I read somewhere that the similarity wasn't intentional.
    !Felices Semana Santa a todos!

  3. LBcruiseshipblogger April 27, 2011 11:46 am #

    Wow, that's really interesting. I never realized people celebrated Easter in ways other than Easter egg hunts, church services, and Easter dinners.

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