Those who spend Easter in Villach can expect a varied programme with numerous customs, culinary delights and atmospheric festivities. The Holy Week is particularly eventful and also absolutely worth seeing for our tourist guests.
Easter in Villach traditionally begins on Palm Sunday. Children carry palm branches tied to a broom into the church for the blessing. The palm bouquets, as they are colloquially called, are hung with sweets and pretzels for the children, which can be eaten after mass. The consecrated branches are to be put into the soil of the fields and gardens and protect them from harm this year. Numerous blessings also take place in Villach.
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Consecration of the Meat
On Maundy Thursday, meat is traditionally dispensed with. Instead, Carinthian households serve spinach with roasted potatoes and a mirror at lunch. Good Friday is the last day of fasting before Easter. Nevertheless, preparations are in full swing. Eggs are dyed, Reindling is baked and sausages are cooked. On Holy Saturday, all the delicacies are packed into a basket and taken to church for the so-called "consecration of meat". This takes place in many churches in Villach at different times.
Easter fire and Easter Sunday
On Sunday night you can visit the Easter bonfire at various locations in Villach. This is an annual spectacle for young and old. On Easter Sunday, the children look for their Easter nest and numerous games such as throwing and hitting balls are on the programme.
Easter market in Villach
The traditional Easter market in Villach will take place from 30 March to 08 April 2023. A colourful variety of products and food awaits you - in addition to Easter goods such as votive baskets, candles and painted porcelain eggs, there are also several delicacies such as Easter ham, Reindling & Krainer.
Accommodation at Easter in Villach
Would you like to spend Easter in Villach and experience the Carinthian customs up close? Then we have the perfect accommodation for you. You can reach the Easter market and the city centre on foot from the Aparthotel in just a few minutes. In addition, our flats offer enough space for the whole family.
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