There are many traditions associated with Easter, a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Along with the religious observance, American children decorate Easter eggs and anticipate the delivery of baskets of treats from the Easter Bunny. Parades, family gatherings and Easter egg hunts are often part of the day.
Many countries have their own traditions. A popular destination for Easter in Italy is Vatican City in Rome. Observances begin on Palm Sunday, with the Pope holding mass in Saint Peter’s Square. During the week processions are held, some including medieval costumes, music and fireworks. The day after Easter is also a holiday, la Pasquetta, celebrated with concerts, dances and food. To learn more about Easter in Italy, visit goitaly.about.com/od/
In Spain, decorated floats representing Easter stories or historical figures are carried through the streets. Visit whyeaster.com/cultures/spain.shtml to learn more.
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