The Easter season is here, and many people around the world celebrates this important holiday. In Ireland, Holy Week, also known as Easter Week, is a time of great significance, with many traditions and customs that have been observed for centuries. In Cork, Easter celebrations are particularly lively and engaging, offering students a unique opportunity to experience Irish culture up close.
The week begins with Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. In Ireland, palm branches, which are blessed in churches, are given to people and carried in processions.
On Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, Irish people gather in churches to celebrate the Last Supper, when Jesus shared a meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. Long ago, Irish people had some curious Holy Thursday traditions. Everyone should cut their nails and a bit of their hair, and eggs laid on that day were kept for Easter Sunday.
Good Friday is a solemn day of reflection and mourning. It is a Bank Holida: banks, schools, businesses and even pubs are all closed! People don’t eat meat on Good Friday and traditionally people in Ireland would go barefoot on this day.
Easter Sunday is the most important day of the Holy Week celebrations. Everyone is out celebrating, Christ is risen, Lent is over and the pubs are open! Many towns and villages hold processions of some sort, while out in the countryside, you can attend events such as fairs and horse races and enjoy traditional Easter food such as hot cross buns and Easter eggs.
At Ireland Experience we offer our students a total immersion in the culture, history and customs of Ireland, and especially of Cork, a wonderful city. Contact us and join this great family.