Four Unusual Easter Traditions
We are sure you have experienced a few beloved UK Easter traditions. Egg hunts, Hot Cross Buns and Simnel Cake are firm favourites, but are you familiar with other traditions from around the world?
Who knows, if you don’t have a family tradition yourself once you have read more about the ones below, you may decide that visiting hotels along the River Thames might be the tradition you decide to adopt. Join us at Mitre Hotel Hampton Court and you can enjoy the season with beautiful views and traditional afternoon tea.
Music, animal sacrifices and honouring both Catholic and Voodoo traditions are a given in Haiti during Easter’s Holy Week. There are colourful parades, drumming and a truly electric atmosphere – not what you might expect elsewhere in the world during this time. Those who practice voodoo are known to make an annual pilgrimage to the village of Souvenance as well.
Head to Seville and 52 religious brotherhoods undertake a crucifixion parade. During Holy Week thousands of people will watch the processions every day, as well as the marching bands and decorated floats. It’s all about remembering and honouring the Easter story in true Christian fashion.
Easter Monday in Hungary is a very unusual event. Boys use water or perfume to decorate girls’ heads – it’s thought to aid fertility and be healing in nature. The cheeky chaps will then ask for a kiss.
Just like the UK, Greece loves Easter eggs but did you now that they are only one particular colour? In Greece, the eggs are red to symbolise life and the blood of Christ.
Our spring offer is the perfect excuse for a little getaway at this time of year, so why not join us? Of all the riverside restaurants in Surrey, our Terrace is the ideal spot for a bite to eat and drink – who knows, it could become your very own tradition each Easter.