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April 7 - 10 2023

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Easter falls on the first Weekend following the first full moon after the spring equinox on or around March 21, the time of year when the length of day and night are equal. Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday can thus wander from March to April. Consequently the date can vary by a few weeks from year to year.

Originally believed to be a tradition surrounding fertility, it thus reaches back to pagan times. Nowadays, this highly religious tradition surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ is recognised by both protestant and catholic churches in Spain. Depending upon the region, celebrations include processions of varying intensity.


Whilst most believe in the Easter bunny, some enjoy eating chocolate Easter eggs, yet others love to colour real ones laid by chickens. They can be pierced and hollowed out or previously boiled.

A long-standing ritual of hiding eggs for children to search for has existed in many countries. In the UK, this also reaches back to Pagan rites. Whatever their nationality, the smiles and raucous laughter of happy kids and many parents are legendary.

By Vincent Green, Mar 3 2022


Easter in Spain is known as Pasqua, whilst the Holy Week is referred to as Semana Santa. In Valencia, impressive celebrations and processions take place across several days in the coastal district of Cabanyal.


An expansive programme of activities to explore València from the perspective of design can be viewed on the "Happenings" page. Photo © World Design Organization.