Easter in Ireland
Easter holds a big place in the hearts of the Irish. Beyond the chocolate eggs (brought not by the bells but by the Easter bunny), it is a whole set of rituals, historical and religious customs that guide the country towards and during this day. Between traditions and symbols, learn more about how this festival is celebrated on the green island.
Lent: Easter is a very important holiday in Ireland. Its inhabitants, deeply attached to their Catholic roots, begin to prepare for it with Lent, highly respected in the country: during this 40-day period which begins with Ash Wednesday, the Irish deprive themselves of something they particularly like or consume to excess. It can be meat, sweets, or even alcohol and cigarettes.
Good Friday: Lent ends with Good Friday, which must be the biggest day of fasting. Many businesses, shops, as well as most restaurants are not working or are closing early. Until 2018 and following a law dating from 1927, pubs were even forbidden to open that day! Good Friday is a day when Irish dedicate themselves to body and spirit: they gather at the graves of loved ones, they go to confession, they clean the house, buy new clothes, etc. Traditions also well respected by non-believers, for whom it is an opportunity for a great spring cleaning and to take care of themselves in view of the large family gatherings of the next day.
It is also during this day that the Irish prepare and eat Hot cross buns (or Good Friday buns), these small breads with spices and raisins marked with a cross which symbolize the end of Lent. If you want to try it at home, discover the recipe here!
Easter: Finally arrives Easter Sunday, symbol of the Resurrection of Christ in the Catholic religion, and synonymous with family reunions for all. Catholics go to Easter Mass, often dressed in new clothes. As in France, Easter is an opportunity to bring the whole family together around a great feast usually consisting of roast meat (often lamb), potatoes, vegetables and stuffing. This meal, a real moment of conviviality, marks the end of Lent.
Then comes the children's favourite moment: the egg hunt! In Ireland, they are brought not by bells but by the Easter Bunny. In any case, whether you're French or Irish, young or old, if there's one thing that brings everyone together at Easter, it's chocolate... Lovers of all ages and backgrounds, take a look at our selection of delicacies and let yourself be tempted by our delicious recipes to celebrate Easter as it should be!
By Camille L.