Easter on the Emerald Isle – Everything you need to know
With Easter weekend fast approaching, we decided to have a look at some of the customs and traditions that are practiced here in Ireland.
Easter is of course a religious holiday, and with Ireland being a predominantly catholic country, there are lots of things going on.
At Easter time, both primary and secondary schools close for 2 weeks. Most colleges across the country will also have study weeks with no classes for students.
While Good Friday is not a bank holiday, many businesses will close for the day, or maybe have a half day.
Easter Monday however is a bank holiday, meaning that most people will have a well-earned day off to make sure their Easter eggs are fully digested.
While Ireland is a country that loves to celebrate, and is the origin of some of the World’s most famous alcohol companies, the sale of alcohol is currently banned here on Good Friday, so pubs will not be open.
The ban was introduced 90 years ago in 1927, and publicans have been campaigning for its removal ever since. The good news for them is that the ban could be lifted as soon as next year.
Did someone say chocolate?
Easter Eggs are huge here in Ireland, and exchanging them as gifts is common practice, whether you’re a child or not!
The Easter Bunny delivers his eggs on Easter Sunday, and we really can’t wait… but we’ll try our best.
The Easter Rising is probably the most significant moment in Ireland’s history.
Irish rebels took over several key buildings in Dublin, the most notable being the GPO on O’Connell Street.
There is now an exhibition in the GPO called “Witness History” that allows you to experience the events of the Rising.
What better weekend than this to check it out?
Dig in Dublinia
Dublinia is one of the top family attractions in Dublin City.
It’s a great place for a day out, combining fun with some learning about life in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings.
The Dublinia Big Dig allows you and you’re your family to experience the life of an Archaeologist.
The Big Dig takes place from the 12th to the 19th of April, and lets visitors take part in their very own simulated archaeology excavation.
Hunt for eggs with the animals
Hop on over to Belfast Zoo to visit your favourite animals as they get their Easter treats at feeding time.
Zookeepers will talk you through each animal to teach you more about the species that the zoo cares for.
As you walk around, don’t forget to search high and low for the Easter egg signs hidden around the zoo, you could also be in with the chance of winning a special prize…
You can book a place here.
Tea time at Titanic
If you’re feeling grand and fancy stepping back in time, why not join Titanic Belfast for a special Easter afternoon tea?
This event takes place in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite on Easter Sunday.
The menu features a selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with fresh cream, mouth-watering cakes and exquisite éclairs.
And if tea is not your thing, don’t worry- you can have a glass of prosecco or champagne instead.
Reserve your place here.
What are your plans this Easter Weekend?