Easter is traditionally regarded as the most important of Christian holy days, and Easter in Liechtenstein is celebrated with a public holiday on the day after Easter Sunday.
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The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar. This means that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.
The run up to Easter begins with a big Fasnacht, or “Carnival”, celebration. Then come the 40 long days of the meatless Lenten fast before the onset of Holy Week.
While Carnival in Liechtenstein may be raucous, vibrant, and cluttered with odd old customs like the burning of the Lenten witch over a big bonfire, Holy Week is more traditional, religious, and solemn.
The devout generally attend church on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. The rest of the time, they eat and interact with family at home. Parents and neighbours may also hide Easter eggs in their gardens for children to hunt for and find.