Easter Lights Up

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

Like in the rest of the Chris­tian world, Easter in Ber­lin ex­plodes with choco­late bun­nies, col­or­ful eggs, and other icons of spring and fer­til­ity. A Ger­man tra­di­tion, how­ever, is the art of paint­ing hol­lowed- out eggs, which chil­dren en­joy hang­ing on twigs and lit­tle shrubs out­side of their homes, cre­at­ing the so- called “Easter trees.” On the eve of Easter Sun­day, it is also cus­tom­ary for peo­ple to gather around large bon­fires – some reach­ing sev­eral me­ters in height – burning the wood of no-longer-needed Christ­mas trees. Stem­ming from an old pa­gan rit­ual, this is be­lieved to ward off bad omens and wel­come the sun. This year, Britzer Gar­den will be light­ing its fire as soon as the sun sets on 4 April, ac­com­pa­nied by a mu­si­cal pro­gram and an Easter egg hunt for kids. Feast­ing on fish and lamb at the nearby café is also part of the fun. Buck­ower Damm. T: 030 70090680. www.gruen-ber­lin.de

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