Easter in Eastern Europe and East Central Europe is an enormously important holiday whether those celebrating are Orthodox or Catholic - the two predominant religions in Eastern Europe that celebrate this springtime holiday. Depending upon religious following, Easter is celebrated either according to the Gregorian calendar, which is followed by the West, or the Julian calendar, which is adhered to by Orthodox believers. Typically, Orthodox Easter falls later than Catholic Easter, though on some years Easter is celebrated on the same day by both East and West.
Easter in Eastern Europe is celebrated with special foods, Easter markets, Easter festivals, the decorating of Easter Eggs, and church services. If you happen to travel to the countries in Eastern Europe during this springtime event, you should be aware of some of the local traditions so you can enjoy them all the more. Below, find more information about how the countries of East and East Central Europe celebrate Easter.
- Photos of Easter in Eastern Europe
- Types of Easter Eggs from Eastern Europe
- Easter Markets in Eastern Europe
- Easter Eggs from Poland - Pisanki
- Photos of Easter in Poland
- Easter in Krakow
- Krakow Easter Market
- Easter Bread from Poland – Babka
- Sibiu Easter market
- Romanian Easter Eggs
- Photos of Easter in Romania
- Romanian Easter Bread – Cozonac
Easter in SloveniaSlovenia celebrates Easter according to the Roman Catholic tradition. Street vendors sell handmade Easter palms and souvenir and art shops offer Easter eggs for purchase.
Easter in CroatiaCroatians celebrate Easter according to Roman Catholic traditions. Zagreb's squares are decorated with larger-than-life Easter eggs and Dubrovnik welcomes the holiday as an excuse to throw a party.
Easter in UkraineUkraine's Easter is celebrated according to the Orthodox calendar. Beautifully decorated Easter eggs are a part of a strong Ukrainian tradition that dates back over 2,000 years.
Latvian Easter is replete with pagan customs surrounding games and Easter egg decorating. One major tradition that has survived is the practice of swinging, which encourages the sun to rise in the sky and the days to become longer.