Easter with the Pope in Rome
The Pope himself holds many of the masses and blessings that turn the home of the Vatican into a prime destination for experiencing grand Easter ceremonies. St Peter’s Square and the world-famous Basilica are best for added pomp, but Easter celebrations are held in almost every church of the Italian capital.
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New York’s Easter Bonnet Parade
New York’s Fifth Avenue is turned into a sea of extravagant bonnets on Easter Sunday. Get yourself a hat and join the informal parade that dates back to the 19th century, when it was the tradition to wear new clothes on Easter Sunday. The action revolves around Manhattan’s neo-Gothic St Patrick’s Cathedral.
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Holy Week in Rio de Janeiro
Colourful processions take over Rio de Janeiro for Semana Santa, or Holy Week, when many of the city’s streets are decorated with flower carpets. Watch the spectacle before resting on the soft sand of Copacabana beach.
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Live music in Byron Bay
Easter time is festival time in Byron Bay. Bluesfest brings the likes of Ben Harper to the laid-back Australian town for a five-day festival of blues, folk and root music. The climate is pleasantly mild at this time and the Pacific still warm enough for swimming.
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Spring bloom around Amsterdam
Rows of daffodils and tulips in full bloom turn the area around Amsterdam into a sea of colour every spring. Wander around the Keukenhof flower gardens, further southwest of the city, where millions of bulbs blossom in imaginative arrangements among manicured lawns.
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Easter skiing in Ischgl
For Easter, the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl adds a free live stage to its array of mountain-side bars and restaurants. Catch the rock and pop line-up of the Easter Festival before hitting the resort’s highly rated slopes, where snow is still pretty much guaranteed at this time of year.
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Classical music in Moscow
Some of Russia’s best classical musicians hit stages across the capital for the Moscow Easter Festival. The most intimate concerts take place in Moscow’s small Orthodox churches, where the Easter spirit adds to the atmosphere.
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