Easter season is upon us, which means it’s time to start sharpening your egg hunting skills! But if you’d rather spend the holiday celebrating elsewhere in the world, we won’t judge. There are plenty of excellent places to celebrate Easter all across the globe.
If your focus on Easter is celebrating the religious aspects of the holiday, there’s no better place than Vatican City. The independent city-state offers masses all throughout Holy Week, with the Pope giving a large address in St. Peter’s Square on the big day. Once mass is over you can freely explore Rome.
Easter in Athens is a weeklong event actually is celebrated in accordance with the Byzantine calendar. Festivities begin on Good Friday with the traditional march of Christ’s tomb carried across town. The following night locals carry unlit candles to the Holy Flame where they’re lit, then follow it up with a display of fireworks and revelry. On Easter Sunday everyone comes together for a giant feast of spitfire roasted lamb and colorful eggs.
Christians make up nearly half of the population of Lebanon, so you can imagine they go all out for Easter. Ornate decorations are hung throughout Beirut, chocolate and bunnies appear in shops and restaurants, and the Church masses can last half a day or longer. Come Easter Sunday the locals begin to feast after breaking a 40-day fast. Celebrations tend to include tons of maamoul, a Lebanese sweet that is essentially a cookie made with semolina and butter, then stuffed with sugared dates or nuts.
Easter in Sweden is more reminiscent of Halloween than our traditional celebrations for the holiday here. Children dress up as witches and hand out letters to neighbors and friends, in exchange for eggs, money and treats. Family takes center stage on Easter Sunday as locals head out for religious services that seem more fun than serious. There are also the feasts, which feature fish and herring. Then, participants will compete in an egg rolling competition to see who can roll theirs down roofing tiles without breaking them.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
It’s difficult to truly do Ireland justice with just one short trip. However, one tour is hoping to make an attempt at it, with a 12-day offering titled the Giant Irish Adventure by Vagabond Small Group Tours.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.