I'm sharing my travel experiences, candid opinions and what's on my mind. If you think it's inappropriate for a travel writer to stir up discussion on his blog with political observations and insights gained from traveling abroad, you may not want to read any further. — Rick
Happy Easter! All this week, I’ve been sharing daily clips fromRick Steves’ European Easter, my one-hour public television special that’s airing now nationwide (check your local listings) and streaming online. And the “He is risen” finale is today’s clip: It’s Easter Sunday, and families in Spain, Italy, Slovenia, and Greece come together to celebrate, just as they have for generations. Enjoy…and thanks for sharing this beautiful holiday season with us.
Today’s clip traces Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations. In the town of Nafplio (two hours south of Athens), we attend the series of packed, candlelit, incense-augmented services that mark the events of Greek Orthodox Holy Week. In Greece, late night on Holy Saturday is a time of community-wide celebration, as the entire town comes together on the main square for fireworks at midnight.
On Good Friday, we attended two of Europe’s most poignant passion plays (re-enactments of the Crucifixion, dating back to the Middle Ages) in Škofja Loka, Slovenia, and in Cantiano, Italy — and joined hooded penitents on their Good Friday processions through Gubbio, Italy.
In today’s clip, we’ll take a closer look at the Easter egg tradition — from Slovenia, famous for its all-natural, Slavic spin on this craft; to Italy, where chocolate eggs contain a surprise; to Greece, where decorating eggs is a family affair.