As the countdown to the Easter break begins, here at the Hotels4U office we've been gearing up for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend. This has mostly involved thinking about who we're going to be giving chocolate bunnies to as part of our Easter Trivia Giveaway, and how we'll be spending the time. Here are some suggestions of what we, and other countries around the world, will be doing this Easter...
Ukranian Easter eggs by Molly Stevens via Flickr
1. Giving Easter Eggs
Over Easter, about 80 million chocolate bunnies and eggs will be sold across the world. The tradition of giving eggs has been going for centuries, but they haven't always been made of chocolate. Eggs were originally painted and decorated in bright colours to represent the new spring season, and the earliest chocolate versions came about in the 19th Century in Germany and France.
2. Booking Summer holidays
With the family already gathered around the table for a nice roast dinner, there's no better time to decide on a destination for this year's summer holiday. To help you plan your next break, Hotels4U is offering £25 off if your hotel booking total is over £450 for bookings made over the Easter Bank holiday weekend (that's Friday 6th - Monday 9th, as if you needed reminding!). So check the website for terms and conditions, then click here to activate the discount and make a booking.
Easter egg roll by 2202 via Creative Commons
3. Participating in tradition
For the 134th year running, the lawn of the White House in Washington will again be the location of the annual Easter Egg Roll, hosted by the president of the United States. The tradition of egg rolling usually takes place on Easter Monday, and involves rolling decorated hard boiled eggs down a hill to see which can go the furthest without breaking, or being pushed along with a spoon. You don't have to go all the way to America to take part though, as there are plenty of egg rolls and hunts happening all around the UK this weekend.
Semana Santa procession by Iglesia en Valladolid via Flickr
Spain is currently in the middle of one of its biggest annual celebrations, Semana Santa - or "Holy Week". Depending on the area, you'll find anything from lively processions of floats to solemn parades and ancient rituals taking place all over the country, but the celebrations are particularly diverse across the Andalucía region. For more information, the Spain Scoop has a great blog post on one city's take on the festival. If you fancy visiting yourself, then check out our Spain hotels.
Colomba Pasquale by NicolaSince1972 via Flickr
5. Eating Easter Treats
While we tuck into hot cross buns in the UK, over in Italy the bread of choice is "Colomba Pasquale" or Easter Dove. This sweetbread loosely shaped as a dove, topped with almonds and sugar and eaten for dessert. And of course, who can forget those chocolate Easter bunnies.
For a chance to win a chocolate Easter bunny from Hotels4U, head over to our Facebook page and take part in our Easter Trivia Giveaway.