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Of palm donkeys and egg pecking

13.04.2020

South Tyrol’s Easter traditions

Do you know what a palm donkey is? Or what egg pecking is all about? No? Then read on!

As unique as South Tyrol’s landscapes are its Easter traditions, which get passed on from generation to generation. On Palm Sunday, for example, most families choose their palm donkey. This title is given to the family member who is the last to leave their cosy bed and appear at the breakfast table. This person is also given the honour of carrying the artistically decorated palm broom during the procession. On Maundy Thursday, on the other hand, young and old alike show their artistic talent by painting Easter eggs. The painted eggs are placed in the Easter basket along with the “fochaz”, a traditional Easter pastry, and the Easter ham, which is carried into the church for consecration on Holy Saturday. The consecrated dishes are an important part of the Easter menu. But before that, it’s time to find all the eggs and Easter nests that the Easter Bunny carefully hid around our hotel near Plan de Corones/Kronplatz. Full concentration is also required for the egg pecking, where the hardest egg is the winner under the spring sun. Easter in beautiful Val Pusteria/Pustertal is so much fun!

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