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Holy Week 2017: Best Places In The World To Spend Easter This Year

Travelers Today       By    Sheobi Anne Ramos

Updated: Apr 06, 2017 04:20 AM EDT

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This Easter, why not pack your bags and go on an epic travel adventure? Around the world, Easter is celebrated in different ways, and it can be fun learning how some cultures represent this annual holiday.

Wondering where to go? Here are some of the best places to celebrate Easter this year:

Seville, Spain. Spain is a highly religious Catholic country, therefore Easter is a big deal for them. In Seville, Holy Week is known as "Semana Santa de Sevilla", and it's a great place to spend Easter if you are particular about the traditional Holy Week ceremonies. The week leading up to Easter, several processions are usually held all around the city, and statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ are paraded as well, according to Trippings.

Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Thai have their own version of the Holy Week, but theirs revolve around getting wet and throwing water balloons. From the April 13-15, locals celebrate the Songkran Water Festival or the Thai New Year, Lonely Planet reported. One of the most fun festivals in the world, participating in this wet-for-all festival means you'll rarely have a chance to get dry. On a more serious note, images of the Buddha are usually "bathed" in Songkran, and it's a chance for the young populace to gain blessings from their elders.

New York, New York. Everyone knows how New York is big for festivals, and Easter is no exception. Every year, New York City hosts a big Easter Parade that runs from 49th Street to 57th Street along Fifth Avenue and starts at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Participants are dressed in their best Easter costumes, usually with the most dapper bonnet they could find. If you want to pray before having fun, make sure to purchase tickets to join the mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Vatican City, Italy. Of course, what better place to spend the Christian holiday of Easter than in the home of Christianity itself? In Vatican City, Easter masses are held all throughout, usually with no entrance fee required. It's also a chance to visit some of its religious attractions such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican museums.

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