After forty days of Lent comes Easter. A great religious holiday that brings hope and joy to every Christian family. This celebration in Austria includes a number of interesting traditional ceremonies. The holy week starts from Palm Sunday when people prepare seven different special sallows in a bouquet to bring it to church for a good blessing. The next week is about strict fasting. People pray and prepare traditional dishes, Easter eggs, and a special sweet bread called Osterpinze.
During Easter Night, many communities burn large fires, dance, and sing. Some brave ones will even jump over the fire. This tradition originally comes from pagan times. Easter Sunday is one of the biggest holidays in Austria. People typically go to church to hear the bells which have been silent since Green Thursday. There are lots of Easter markets with traditional delicacies, Easter handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional music. Kids especially love Easter because of the games with chocolate Easter eggs. Children are also given a delicious cake in the form of a lamb called Osterlamm. People decorate everything with easter symbols and it's certainly a fun spectacle to be a part of.