Easter in Europe
Sentencing of Christ
Every Good Friday, this three-ton float, depicting the Sentencing of Christ, is carried through the streets of Sevilla by teams of 48 men. For the rest of the year, it resides here at the Basilica de la Macarena.
It was Easter week in
The procession squeezed down narrow alleys. Legions of drums cracked
eardrums in the confined space. Kids sat wide-eyed on parents'
shoulders. Finally a float rumbled by: gilded, candlelit, and edging
bystanders against rustic ancient walls. I looked up, and high in the
sky I saw what
An extremely Baroque Jesus lurched forward under the weight of that cruel cross, symbolically climbing to his crucifixion. Later, it occurred to me that he floated not on wheels, but on boys. Unseen and unheralded, bent under all that tradition, a team of boys had been trudging for hours through the throngs.
For the religious, it's a time of
church services, prayers, and rituals. For the secular world, it means
feasting, candy, games, and yes -- the Easter Bunny. But even though
Easter begins in earnest with Holy Week, the seven days leading up to
Easter markets in
On Easter all over
Florence's Scoppio del Carro is one of
During Mass in the Duomo, a mechanical dove is sent flying from the altar along a wire. It soars out the doors and into the main square to a centuries-old, two-story, ox-drawn cart. Upon arrival it triggers a magnificent fireworks display -- like a time-release booby-trap left over from the city's Carnevale (pre-Lent) celebrations.
The seaside village of Kardamyli takes its celebration very seriously: On
Easter day culminates with a big meal, in which friends and family
gather to gorge on meats and sweets. The Brits cook up ham, the Danes
eat herring, and the French and Italians serve up lamb. In
From floats to fireworks to feasts to family, Easter is a celebration
that rivals Christmas in
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