Easter, one of the most important festivals for Christians, is celebrated to mark the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It is believed that Jesus came back to life three days after he was crucified. Easter always falls on a Sunday. The day Jesus was crucified is commemorated the Friday before as Good Friday. Easter Sunday marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and spirituality.
Apart from gorging on all the delicious Easter specialities such as marzipans, chocolate Easter eggs and adorable bunnies, you can plan a memorable short trip over the long weekend.
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How are Good Friday and Easter celebrated? Good Friday is a public holiday in India. However, it is a day of sadness as Jesus Christ was crucified on that day. Most Christians abstain from meat and alcohol during this day as part of Lent. Church services are held in the afternoon after which a bitter drink (made from vinegar and greens and so on) is served. At some places in India, there are parades or street shows to display Jesus Christ’s last few hours.
Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is celebrated with lot of zeal and enthusiasm across India. On this day, you will spot colourful eggs – the symbols of the empty tomb – all around. People have moved on from exchanging decorated chicken eggs to gifting eggs made from cashew nut marzipan and chocolate. Flowers, especially lilies, are used to decorate churches and houses. While celebrations are seen all over India, they are livelier in states which are Christian dominated. These include Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur.
If you want to club your Easter celebrations with a short, fun vacation, Goa is the right choice. Easter is the most famous festival celebrated in Goa. Since Goa was a Portugese colony for years, the Easter celebrations here are incredible. Since over 50% of Goa’s population is Christian, it is the perfect place to get in a peek into traditional Easter celebrations. Plus, by visiting the beautiful beach destination in March-April, you will skip the crazy year-end crowds and also the high flight and hotel rates.
While beautiful churches are scattered across Goa, we suggest you don’t miss the celebrations at The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panaji. During the ceremony here, a life-size wooden cross along with Christ’s picture is carried around. When in Goa during Easter, don’t forget to gorge on the lip-smacking vindaloo (a spicy curry with potatoes), Sorpotel (a pork-based dish) and bebinca (a layered cake). And of course, don’t forget to wash it all down with some delightful feni! `
Also, don’t forget to try out some adventurous sports. From jet-skiing and parasailing, to kayaking and white water rafting, Goa has them all. Head to Grande Island to snorkel and scuba dive or experience the exhilarating white water rafting in the rapids of The Mhadei River. Those craving some wildness can go to the Cortalim jetty and take a boat ride to Cumbharjua canals for watching massive crocodiles. You could also try wind surfing at Dona Paula Bay.
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If you are looking for more long-weekend vacation options, here is some inspiration:
Manali is the perfect place to experience nature at its best. The hill station’s ample adventure sport options, varied landscapes, bubbly river, beautiful hotels and guests houses and its overall hippie feel promise to give you an unforgettable trip. The delicious and varied food options are only an icing on the cake. So, on this vacation, you could indulge in river rafting, paragliding, hiking or just sit on a green carpet to enjoy the crisp mountain air and a breathtaking sunset.
Nearest airport: Chandigarh International Airport (around 300kms away)
If coffee and lush green backdrops top the list of your favourite things, you just have to visit Coorg. Nestled amidst the grand mountains of Karnataka, Coorg is a favourite weekend escape spot for those living in cities around it. When in Coorg, visit the Kootu Poley dam, Omkareshwara Temple, Abbey Falls, Nagarhole National Park and Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary. You must also stroll around coffee and spice plantations, sample some local delights such as kadumbuttu (rice balls) with the spicy pandi curry (pork curry) and indulge in some bird watching. Whatever you choose to do, you will definitely take back some Coorg with you when you leave.
Nearest airport: Mangaluru International Airport (around 155kms away)
Yes, Amritsar is about the splendid Golden Temple, but it isn’t just about that. This city in Punjab is seeped deep in history and gives a remarkable peek in the Sikh culture. Once you are done finding solace at the iconic Golden Temple or the Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara, make sure you serve at the langar (community lunch) to experience absolute devotion. History lovers should visit Jallianwala Bagh and the India-Pakistan border at Wagah. Shop for local handicrafts and knick-knacks at the age-old Guru ka Bazaar or treat your tastebuds at Kesar Da Dhaba. Don’t forget to wash down all the goodness of palak paneer and parathas with a delightfully huge glass of sweet lassi. Burrp!
Nearest airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (Amritsar)
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