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Unique Easter Traditions Around The World
Welcome to Nomador's Cultural Differences & House-sitting series. This is the eleventh article in a series that explores cultural differences around the world. The goal of this series is to explore the unique cultural differences house-sitters might encounter on their assignments around the world, and provide practical tips for navigating this difference.
If you aren’t already familiar with this series, you can learn more in the introduction, the five country guides about France, Italy, Spain, Canada, and Australia, and our four regional guides to Asia, Latin America, Northern Europe, and Eastern Europe.
This article marks a departure from our previous country and regional culture guides, and introduces unique Easter traditions around the world. House-sitting during national holidays and cultural events is a wonderful way to get to know a new country, gaining insight into how people spend their time and celebrate their culture.
In this guide, we’ve tried to mostly cover Easter traditions in countries you might find yourself as a house-sitter, as well as those with particularly interesting traditions.
Easter Traditions in Eastern Europe
In Eastern Europe, many Easter traditions overlap from country to country. Ancient pagan beliefs show up in sprinkling and spanking practices common to several countries, many Easter foods share similarities, and you’re likely to find beautifully decorated eggs throughout the region.
Easter Traditions in Hungary
Hungary is predominantly a Christian country, meaning Easter is celebrated enthusiastically across the country.
As the season approaches, Easter and spring markets pop up on main squares. These markets sell seasonal goods, such as hand-decorated Easter eggs, as well as treats, such as kalács, a sweet bread that’s traditionally enjoyed at Easter.
Easter Monday is the most interesting day in Hungary. It’s when the traditional “sprinkling” takes place.
This tradition dates back to pagan times, but has evolved over the years. Originally, young men would recite a poem to a potential bride and then sprinkle her with perfume. These days, the custom involves men and women of all ages, and isn’t linked to courtship. Men include relatives and colleagues in the fun these days, and sometimes water is used in place of perfume.
Hollokő Easter - Credit Holloko.hu
When the sprinkling is done, women offer men an egg: either a chocolate egg or a decorative Easter egg. With adult men, women will usually also offer a shot of palinka, the ubiquitous Hungarian plum brandy you’ll surely be offered if you spend any time Hungary.
What else can you expect to see in Hungary at Easter?
- Easter eggs are part of a Hungarian easter. You’ll find colorfully dyed and decorated Easter eggs for sale at spring markets. They’re often decorated with floral folk motifs. You’ll also find plenty of chocolate Easter eggs for sale in supermarkets. Easter egg hunts take place on Easter Sunday. While not a Hungarian tradition, they’re part of the way some modern Hungarian children celebrate the holiday.
- Hungarians typically eat Kalács sweet bread and ham with horseradish and boiled eggs on Easter Sunday. Some Hungarians also follow the tradition of eating fish on Good Friday.
- Generally called “spring markets” these days, Easter markets typically pop up sometime in March in public squares and spaces. Here, you’ll be able to buy Easter eggs and other decorations, local artisan crafts, and traditional foods.
Need to know:
- The best place to see the sprinkling tradition is the village of Hollókö, up near the Slovakian border. Here, the celebration is colorful and traditional.
- Easter Sunday and Monday are holidays, so expect supermarkets and most shops to be closed. In central Budapest, you’ll still find some restaurants open.
Easter Traditions in the Czech Republic (Czechia)
Despite widespread atheism in the Czechia - a legacy of the communist years - Czechs celebrate Easter with gusto.
The most famous (and controversial) Czech Easter tradition involves boys spanking girls with willow branches. As with Hungary, it’s a longstanding tradition that combines elements of paganism and Christianity, and originated as a fertility ritual.
If you find yourself in the Czechia at Easter, you might see men and boys walking around with pomlázka: willow branches braided into whips and decorated with ribbons. In the past, it was customary to braid the whips at home, but these days many men buy them at Easter markets.
On Easter Monday, men visit women they know, and spank them on their backside with their pomlázka. The boys sing while doing the spanking, and the girls reciprocate by gifting the boys with an egg. Often, it’s a painted egg, but sometimes it’s just a plain white egg. As in Hungary, the adult men often get a shot of plum brandy, known as slivovice in Czech.
In truth, while many articles refer to this as Czech tradition, the Czechs I know in Prague don’t really participate, giving a light tap to close family with the pomlázka, if at all. It is still practiced in many villages, however, although it’s become more controversial in modern Czech society (and in neighboring Slovakia).
Prague Easter Market
What else can you expect to see in Czechia at Easter?
- In addition the Easter spanking, you’ll find plenty of Easter markets in Czechia. These are the best spots to buy decorative eggs (kraslice). If you can, find a small market in a local neighborhood, rather than a tourist market such as the one in Prague’s Old Town Square. When we lived in Prague, we bought our kraslice at the small market outside Anděl metro station. There’s a nice local market at Náměstí Míru, too.
- Another unique Czech Easter tradition is zelene pivo, which translates as green beer. You’ll find it in pubs on and around Maundy Thursday, and the green color comes from nettle, not food coloring. There are a few different explanations as to why the beer is green, but we prefer not to get too academic about beer, and simply enjoy. Na zdraví!
- As in many European countries, eggs are an important part of Czechs’ Easter tables. Other traditional Easter foods include the cross-bun Easter cake and lamb.
Need to know:
- If you want to see traditional Easter customs, head to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, an open-air museum near the Slovakian border. It has an Easter program that’s a good bet for seeing some of the traditions in practice.
- Good Friday and Easter Monday are both national holidays in Czechia, so expect closures, especially in smaller cities and towns. In Prague, you’ll still be able to find restaurants open in Old Town and other popular tourist areas.
Easter Traditions in Bulgaria
Predominantly an Orthodox Christian country, Easter is an important part of the religious calendar in Bulgaria. Known as Velkiden in Bulgarian, or Great Day, the name hints at just how important Easter is to Bulgarians.
Following the Julian calendar, Bulgarians celebrate Easter on a different day than in the west.
In 2019, Orthodox Easter Sunday is 28 April - one week later than in the Gregorian calendar.
One of the most uniquely Bulgarian Easter traditions is the Easter Sunday egg fight. On Maundy Thursday, Bulgarians dye Easter eggs. Traditionally, they’ll dye their first egg red, a symbol of health. However, Bulgarians don’t simply put their eggs out as a decorative display, like in Germany and North America. Nor do they use them as gifts after a spanking or sprinkling, like in many Eastern European countries. On Easter Sunday, Bulgarians enjoy an egg fight.
The egg fight isn’t actually violent - it’s more like a thumb war. Following the midnight mass on Holy Saturday, Bulgarians gather together, dyed Easter eggs in hand, to tap their eggs against others’. Once an egg’s shell cracks, it’s removed from the egg fight. The person with the last unbroken egg is the winner of the egg fight. It’s believed the winner will have good luck in the year ahead.
What else can you expect to see in Bulgaria at Easter?
- In Bulgaria, as in many other Eastern and Central European countries, one of the most popular Easter treats is a sweet bread. In Bulgaria it’s know as Kozunak, and it’s fairly common in spring. You can buy plain versions, or find kozunak with lemon zest or other treats, like nuts, raisins, or chocolate.
- Only 17% of Bulgaria’s Orthodox population fasts during lent, abstaining from all animal and fish products during the lead-up to Easter. Almost all Bulgarians, however, enjoy the post-lent feast of the previously-forbidden foods. As with many countries, lamb is an important part of the Bulgarian Easter feast.
- Bulgarians celebrate Easter with a midnight church service on Holy Saturday. A great place to see this in Sofia is at the Nevsky Cathedral.
Need to know:
- Good Friday through Easter Monday is a holiday in Bulgaria, so expect closures. Typically, many Bulgarians will leave Sofia during Easter to head back to their family homes, meaning the capital will feel quieter than usual if you visit at this time of year.
Easter Traditions in Western and Northern Europe
Western Europe has some of the most elaborate Easter traditions in the world, and beautiful processions are the norm in Italy and Spain. Families gather together to enjoy time off and celebrate the beginning of spring, while children in France eagerly await the return of the country’s tradition of flying bells.
Easter Traditions in Spain
You’re unlikely to find Easter eggs, bunnies, or even chocolate in traditional Spanish Easter celebrations. Instead, centuries-old traditions spill onto the streets for all to see.
Easter celebrations take place throughout Semana Santa, the one-week Holy Week period that lasts from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Throughout Semana Santa, intricate religious processions mourning the death of Christ - and celebrating his resurrection - take place across the country.
Easter in Spain
In Spain’s southern Andalusia region, Seville has one of the most famous Semana Santa celebrations. Here, gigantic statues representing scenes from the Passion of the Christ are paraded through the streets. Re-used each year, some of the statues are more than 300 years old, and the tradition itself has taken place in Seville since at least the 1500s, possibly even earlier.
In Seville, the processions aren’t the 2-hour Easter parades you see in the United States. In fact, they can take up to 12 hours, and the statues are carried the entire time by a team of local parishioners.
Nazarenos are another aspect of Semana Santa processions throughout Spain. Nazarenos are draped in a long gown, and wear a conical headdress that covers head and face, revealing only the wearers’ eyes. The costume is striking, not least because of its resemblance to costumes worn by the Ku Klux Klan in the United States. Nazarenos have nothing to do with the KKK, however; the hood is used to masque the identity of sinners who want anonymity during their penance. The conical shape is also symbolic: the wearers’ penance is closer to heaven.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Seville during Semana Santa, the night of Maundy Thursday and dawn of Good Friday - known as La Madruga - is the highlight of the event.
What else can you expect to see in Spain at Easter?
- Semana Santa is celebrated across Spain, but each region - and indeed each city and town - has its own twist on the holiday.
* Catalonia has a number of interesting Easter processions. Badalona holds a candlelit Silence Procession on Holy Thursday that dates back to the 1600s. Verges holds a Holy Thursday procession that includes a Death Dance dating back to medieval times. Five skeletons dance to a drum, each skeleton holding an allegorical role related to life and death. In Tarragona, the Holy Saturday Procession of Loneliness is open only to female processionals.
* In central Spain, Salamanca, Zamora, Toledo, and Valladolid generally have the best Easter processions.
* In Galicia, Ferrol is known for hosting one of the best Holy Week celebrations in northern Spain.
* In Barcelona, head to Barcelona Cathedral on Easter Sunday, or watch the Good Friday parades in Raval and the Gothic Quarter. If you’re in Catalonia during Easter Monday, keep your eye out for the traditional Mona cake, which will be sold in every bakery.
Need to know:
- Many Spanish people travel during Semana Santa. If you plan to do the same, it’s worth getting train tickets, flights, reservations, etc. well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Good Friday is a national holiday, so expect closures across the country. Some regions also celebrate Easter Monday as an official holiday.
Easter Traditions in Italy
Home to the Pope and the Vatican, Easter in Rome is of course a big deal. Heading to the Vatican at Easter, expect a lot of crowds and ceremony. On Good Friday, the pope leads the Stations of the Cross celebration near the Colosseum. Easter Mass is led back at St. Peter’s Basilica.
While it’s hard to compete with Easter celebrations led by the Pope himself, Florence makes a good effort with the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) tradition on Easter Sunday.
The tradition dates back more than 350 years, using an elaborately-decorated cart that is almost 400 years old. On Easter Sunday, the cart, which stands 30 feet tall (9.1 meters), is pulled through Florence by white oxen. Starting from the Porta al Prato and walking to Florence’s Duomo, the cart is accompanied by a full processional of officials, drummers, performers, flag bearers, and Florentines dressed in medieval costume.
When the cart reaches the Duomo, it’s packed with fireworks and fitted with a wire fuse. As the choir erupts in Gloria in excelsis Deo, the Archbishop ignites the fuse and fireworks explode from the cart.
The story behind the tradition dates back to the First Crusade, with the present version of the procession dating back to the late 1400s.
Having a good fireworks display is important; it’s believed to ensure a good harvest for farmers, good business, and a stable civic life for the year.
In truth, you’ll find unique Easter traditions all throughout Italy. Some of the most interesting include:
- The Good Friday procession in Chieti, Abruzzo, is one of the oldest - if not the oldest - in the country. It dates back to the 9th century, and includes a large choir and 100 violins performing Saverio Selecchy’s Miserere in G Minor.
- On Easter Monday, the Umbrian town of Panicale rolls massive wheels of cheese around the village walls. The Ruzzolone is said to have originated during Etruscan times, more than 3000 years ago.
- In Sicily, the town of Trapani holds a Good Friday procession lasting a full 24 hours. The event goes back more than 400 years.
What else can you expect to see in Italy at Easter?
- As with many other countries around the world, Italian children enjoy hollow chocolate Easter eggs filled with surprises. In Italy, however, there is no Easter Bunny to deliver them.
- Like the egg fight in Bulgaria, Italian children enjoy playing a varied version of the game during Easter dinner. They tap family members’ decorated eggs until only one egg survives.
- Dying hard boiled Easter eggs is another tradition popular across Italy. Italians use natural dyes such as beets, onion skins, and blueberries to achieve different colors.
Need to know:
- Easter Monday in Italy, known as la Pasquetta, is a national holiday and is generally filled with picnics, festivals and activities. There’s a popular Italian saying that translates as Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you want! In practice, Italians often spend Easter Monday enjoying with friends, rather than family.
- Expect family-run businesses and restaurants to be closed Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Many Italians choose to take an extended break from work around this time as well, so family-run businesses may be closed in the week leading up to Easter as well.
Easter Traditions in Sweden
These days, Swedes are largely secular in their day-to-day lives, and Easter is seen as a fun holiday to spend with family, rather than one with a lot of religious significance. It’s a chance to flee the city and visit the country cottage for the first time that year, getting ready for warm weather and enjoying plenty of food and fun.
One of Sweden’s most unique Easter traditions are the Easter witches. Much like Halloween in United States, Swedish children dress up as witches at Easter, going from door to door in hopes of getting candy. Rather than ‘trick or treating’, Swedish kids trade their talent for candy, offering drawings and paintings to each house. If you’re in Sweden at Easter, expect to see kids in long skirts and colorful head scarves, with painted rosy cheeks.
The Easter witch tradition originates from a pagan belief in Sweden. On Maundy Thursday, so Swedes believed, witches would fly to the fictional place of Blåkulla to dance with the Devil, snatching children along the way. People would light bonfires to keep the witches away - the origins of the bonfires and fireworks you’ll still see in some parts of Sweden at Easter!
Sweden Easter - Photo credit Ulf Lundin/imagebank.sweden.se
What else can you expect to see in Sweden at Easter?
- Birch twigs decorated with colorful feathers at the end is a common Easter decoration in Sweden.
- Children are given easter eggs filled with treats, and some families do an Easter egg hunt.
- A typical Easter meal in Sweden includes pickled herring, cured salmon, meatballs, lamb, hard boiled eggs with caviar, and Jansson’s temptation. Schnapps are often included in the Easter meal!
Need to know:
- Swedes hold their Easter celebration on the eve of Easter Sunday: aka Saturday night.
- If you want to see a traditional Easter, head to Skansen, the open-air museum in Stockholm. The museum puts on an Easter program that includes a market and a program of activities. If you want to experience a modern Easter, try to snag an invite from a Swede!
- Shops will have shortened hours and closures over Easter, from Maundy Thursday through to Easter Monday. Some may be closed for the entire period.
Easter Traditions in France
In France, children don’t get chocolate eggs from the Easter Bunny. Rather, flying Easter bells deliver chocolates after taking a quick Easter trip to Italy.
Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, church bells around France fall silent in commemoration of Christ’s death. French folklore accounts for the bells’ silence with a story, explaining the bells fly to Rome during Easter weekend to be blessed by the Pope. According to the story, the bells fly back laden with gifts on Saturday night.
French families incorporate this story in their Easter traditions. On the morning of Easter Sunday, someone announces the bells are back. Children then begin their Easter egg hunt, searching for chocolate eggs and flying chocolate bells, or cloches volantes.
While the story of the flying bells is common all over France, the town of Bessières has a rather unique Easter tradition. Here in the southwest of the country, the town cooks up a gigantic omelette made from 15,000 eggs. It requires a 4-meter pan and 40 cooks.
The tradition stems from a story about Napoleon. According to the story, Napoleon and his army passed through Bessières. During his stay, Napoleon ate an omelette so delicious, he ordered one be prepared the next day for his entire army.
Although the story suggests this tradition has been happening for centuries, Bessières only started their Easter Monday omelette tradition in 1973.
What else can you expect to see in France at Easter?
- Like Bulgaria’s Egg Wars, some children in France participate in egg rolling competitions. Eggs are rolled down a hill, and the egg that survives the journey unbroken is declared the victor.
- France’s Alsace region is known for its Easter markets. As with Christmas markets, the Easter markets are all about shopping for local crafts and gastronomy, enjoying performances, and generally getting into the spirit of the holiday.
Need to know:
- With the exception of Alsace, Good Friday isn’t a national holiday in France, and shops should be open according to normal hours. Easter Monday, however, is a national holiday, so expect some closures.
Easter Traditions in Asia
From the non-Christian Japanese to the devout Filipinos, Easter traditions in Asia are diverse, to say the least. If you find yourself house-sitting in Asia at Easter, you might find all sorts of Easter traditions.
Easter Traditions in Japan
Japan isn’t a Christian country, so it’s a wonder Easter is marked at all. When it is celebrated, Japanese typically look at Easter as something fun for families with young kids.
Instead, Easter in Japan is overtaken by Cherry Blossom season, when the Japanese throw themselves into cherry blossom watching with an enthusiasm that has to be seen to be believed. Cherry blossom parties are arranged with families, groups of friends, and even coworkers. The group heads to a park where sakura are in full bloom, spreads out a blanket, and enjoys food, drink and good company. Typically, cherry blossom parties are a rather drunken affair, filled with copious sake and beer.
Beyond cherry blossom parties, you will see some signs of Easter around Japan. Generally speaking, the Japanese enjoy putting their own unique twist on western holidays - such as KFC for Christmas dinner - and Japanese marketers are doing their best to increase enthusiasm for Easter.
Candy manufacturers in particular do their best to capitalize on Japan’s interest in foreign holidays by marketing their treats as Easter-themed. Kit-Kat, which has a cult-level following for its unique flavours in Japan, produces Easter-themed bars that have stamped bunny ears on top. In 2018, the Easter Kit-Kat was banana flavoured. In past years, carrot-flavour and apple pie flavour have been on the shelves in Japan.
Easter Traditions in Hong Kong
Whereas Easter in mainland China is mostly a non-event, you’re likely to come across celebrations if you find yourself in Hong Kong over Easter.
In Hong Kong, Easter traditions date back to the British influence, as well as Hong Kong’s roughly 800,000 Christians. While the Christian population participates in church services across Hong Kong, Hong Kongers in general get into the secular spirit, treating it more or less as a fun holiday to enjoy.
If you find yourself in Hong Kong over Easter, there are plenty of Easter Egg hunts to join, special Easter menus at restaurants and hotels throughout the city, and special events that pop up throughout the city.
Good to Know:
- Many restaurants in Hong Kong will offer special Easter menus, including Easter brunch and dinner.
- Easter is a public holiday in Hong Kong (Good Friday through Easter Monday), so expect official offices and banks, etc. to be closed. Shopping is a beloved national pastime in Hong Kong, including on holidays. As such, shops and markets will still be open.
Need to know:
- The best place to experience Easter in Japan is probably in the supermarket, where you’ll find candy manufacturers doing their best to make Easter a commercial success in the country.
- You can also head to Tokyo Disney; the Disney Sea kingdom gets an Easter makeover at this time of year. Disney’s Easter celebrations run through most of the Spring. Special events include parades, Easter egg hunts, special merchandise, and seasonal food and treats.
- If you do find yourself in Japan around Easter, chances are it will coincide with cherry blossom season. That is a true Japanese tradition, and a lot of fun. Be sure to enjoy hanami (flower viewing) during your stay!
Easter Traditions in Latin America
Semana Santa is one of the biggest holidays of the year in Latin America, and people mark the death and resurrection of Christ with unreserved zeal.
Easter Traditions in Costa Rica
More than three-quarters of Costa Ricans are Catholic. Beyond this Roman Catholic majority, the majority of rest of Costa Ricans identify as Protestant Christians. As you can imagine, this ensures Easter is one of the most important holiday on Costa Rica’s holiday calendar!
In Costa Rica, the lead-up to Easter is just as busy as Semana Santa itself. It’s tradition for Costa Ricans to avoid working during Easter, so preparations take place in advance.
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are the most important days of the Holy Week. Expect to see reenactments of Jesus’ crucifiction and resurrection in towns throughout the country. The parades include actors dressed up in costume playing roles from the Passion of the Christ, from Mary and Joseph to Roman Soldiers.
What else can you expect to see in Costa Rica at Easter?
- While every town has a procession - usually taking place on Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday - some are better known than others. In particular, the processions in San José, Heredia, Cartago and San Joaquin de Flores are known for being among the best in Costa Rica.
- Cartago and the Central Valley are generally well known for elaborate Good Friday processions. In addition to San José and Heredia, San Rafael de Oreamuno is known for having elaborate Holy Week processions.
- Costa Ricans fill up on seafood during Semana Santa. Expect to see favorites like rice and shrimp and ceviche on offer.
Good to Know:
- If you plan on travelling Costa Rica during Semana Santa, be forewarned: hotels often fill up in advance, as Costa Ricans also use their time off to travel. It’s the perfect time for house-sitting for that very reason.
- Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are national holidays, but you’ll find Costa Ricans often take the week off during Semana Santa.
Easter Traditions in Mexico
In Mexico, Semana Santa is the most important holiday on the annual calendar.
Here, Easter is a play in two acts: Semana Santa is followed by Pasqua, which lasts from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday. Whereas Semana Santa is about Jesus’ death, Pasqua is about his resurrection. And yes, that means Easter is a two-week affair in Mexico.
Throughout Mexico, Semana Santa is a time of public reenactments. The last days of Jesus’ life, from the Last Supper to his crucifixion, and his resurrection, are played out across the country.
The most famous reenactment takes place on the outskirts of Mexico City in Iztapalapa, and attracts millions of spectators. The tradition in Iztapalapa has been going on for more than 175 years now, when an outbreak of cholera ended in 1843 and locals wanted to express their gratitude and faith in God for saving them.
What else can you expect to see in Mexico at Easter?
- In addition to the Passion plays, several regions have unique traditions.
- In Taxco, Guerrero state, some Catholics practice self-flagellation.
- In some colonial areas, silent processions take place during Semana Santa. Querétaro, San
Miguel de Allende, San Cristóbal de las Casas and Taxco have silent processions during this period.
- The Burning of the Judas is popular in Mexico, as in other Latin American countries. During this ritual, believers string up an effigy of Judas - Jesus’ betrayer - and set the effigy on fire, or set off fireworks from within. These days, it’s popular to make the effigies in the image of unpopular or corrupt politicians or businessmen.
Need to know:
- Easter is a busy time to travel in Mexico, because many Mexicans are traveling as well.
- Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are national holidays in Mexico.
Easter Traditions in Anglophone Countries
Easter traditions in the USA are largely known around the world due to pop culture and the holiday’s global commercialization. Outside the United States, however, Easter in other English speaking countries have their own unique twists!
Easter Traditions in Australia
In Australia, Easter falls during the start of autumn, not spring. The start of autumn marks the end of the scorching summer and start of great weather. Aussies take advantage and tend to get outside to enjoy during Easter.
Just as in North America and many other countries, Australian children do grow up with the Easter Bunny tradition. However, Aussie kids also have an Easter Bilby. A bilby is an endangered rodent species with long tall ears that are somewhat rabbit-like.
In truth, the Easter Bilby isn’t as widely adopted as the Internet would have you believe. I asked around among Australian friends, and most said they celebrated Easter with a Bunny, not a Bilby. That said, some Aussie friends indicated their families preferred the Bilby, because it was more Australian.
Around Australia, families choose their own tradition - Bunny vs. Bilby - and it varies from household to household. In the supermarkets, however, you might see both Easter Bunny and Easter Bilby. The chocolate bilbies are tied in with Save the Bilby Fund, whereby proceeds are donated to bilby conservation.
Australia Easter Bilby
What else can you expect to see in Australia at Easter?
- An Easter roast and hot cross buns are typical Easter indulgences in Australia. And, of course, chocolate.
- As in Bulgaria and Italy, egg tapping is a popular Easter game in Australia.
Need to know:
- Aussies get a four-day weekend for Easter, and many take advantage. If you’re planning travel within Australia, book early, and expect some shop and restaurant closures over the holidays.
Living as full-time travelers for three years, Katie Matthews and her husband Geoff frequently housesit as a way to gain a deeper interaction with different cultures, meet like-minded people, and spend some time with furry animals. They have been housesitting since 2013, recently settling in Budapest to focus on their business creating travel-themed adult colouring books and writing their travel blog, wandertooth.com. Holding a Master's of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication, Katie has a keen interest in how culture shapes communications.