Different cultures and countries celebrate Easter in a variety of unique ways ? it’s not all about chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and Sunday lunch!
Let’s take a look at some of the weird and wonderful Easter celebrations from around the world.
In the Philippines, it’s less chocolate eggs and more atoning for your sins. Catholic worshippers parade through the streets barefoot, whipping their own backs with bamboo sticks. But don’t worry, this is a form of penance and is believed to cleanse the soul.
It’s a lot more fun in Greece: traditional Easter Mass takes place on Saturday during the Easter weekend, culminating in amazing fireworks displays at midnight across the country. Many Greeks enjoy a hot bowl of lamb stomach soup after Mass, with the remaining roast lamb served as the main meal. On the Greek island of Corfu, it’s tradition to throw clay pots out of windows on Easter Saturday. (Don't try that here!)
Seville, Spain hosts Holy Week during Easter, when religious floats, marching bands and colourful processions of worshippers line the streets of the city. The procession starts early on Good Friday, ending at Seville Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace, where nazarenos – masked penitents in habits with bright, pointed hoods – go to confess their sins.
In Indonesia locals re-enact the crucifixion, with young men being bound to wooden crosses and religious statues being paraded through the streets. The role of Jesus is highly sought after and brings great pride to the chosen ‘actor’. (Sounds a little bit too realistic to us!)
Easter at DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
At DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Easter is a lot more relaxing. This Easter Sunday we’re hosting a three-course Easter Carvery in The Kailyard by Nick Nairn, offering a selection of delicious starters, a carvery buffet with chicken, pork, beef and salmon, and a dessert station with three decadent desserts to choose from. (You should always atone for your sins through food, if you ask us).
Come join us on Sunday 27th March between 1pm and 2.30pm.