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Tyrolean Easter customs

Every festivity brings its traditions with it


Tyrol is full of traditions and us Tyroleans love to live those traditions. Just like every festivity, also Easter brings a few customs with it. We all already know that Easter is not just about chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. The Holy Week is the start of one of the most important festivities during the church year and it starts with Palm Sunday. Exactly one week before the actual Easter festivity. Which customs do we celebrate in the Holy and Easter Week in Tyrol?

Palm donkey and Palm poles

Many towns in Tyrol start their Easter week with processions and Palm orders. We do not have many palm trees in Tyrol, therefore we use bouquets of evergreens like box. The bushes are being decorated with colourful ribbons and “palm pretzels”. The so-called “palm bushes” are brought with Easter baskets to church for the order on Palm Sunday.

What is the Palm donkey all about? Each and every family has one: the one who gets out of bed last on Palm Sunday is the Palm donkey.

Where did the church bells go?

Maybe you already have been wondering why the church bells won’t ring during Easter week and instead you hear a weird creaking sound. Those are the wooden ratchets, which replace the bells from Holy Thursday to the Easter night. This tradition is ment to be a reminder of Jesus’ sorrow. The legend says the bells fly to Rome during this time and come back on Holy Saturday.




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