Easter Vacation in Israel

With Easter Sunday just about one month away, time is running out to book the holiday of a lifetime – an Easter vacation in Israel. If the significance of Easter means more to you than the Easter Bunny and chocolate eggs, than what better way to experience Easter than by coming to the place where all the events surrounding the festival transpired?

Although Israel is the Jewish homeland (Jesus was a Jew after all) with a Jewish majority population, it is also a democracy in its truest sense that fully respects the rights of other religions to practice their faith in freedom. Jerusalem is a holy city to the three major monotheistic faiths and the right of all these faiths to enjoy this city for their religious events.

Easter is a festival steeped in symbolism. You will find numerous visitors dressed in white and gold, the colors that represent angels and victory respectively. Christians from all over the world will be dragging modern day crosses along the Via Dolorosa just as Jesus did all those centuries ago. These days, adherents stop at the 14 “Stations of the Cross” along the way, the last 5 of which are located in the magnificent Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where it is believed that Jesus was crucified and now has his tomb. Holy Week, the final week of Lent, is full of significant sites and activities for Christians.

Even though it would be tempting and entirely possible not to leave the environs of Jerusalem during your stay and still be spoiled for choice of what to do, it would be remiss of you not to do some traveling in Israel to reveal more of what this amazing country has to offer. Israel is tiny. The oft quoted comparison is that it is smaller than New Jersey, yet even without Tony Soprano I venture to state that Israel puts NJ in its little pocket for its history and attractions.

Perhaps the best way to explore Israel is to organize car rental in Israel. This is easily done either via the Internet or in person. The car rental industry is well established with reputable local players competing with the large multinationals ensuring a good selection of vehicles and competitive pricing.

Just be sure to book hotels in advance as, this year, Easter coincides with the Jewish festival of Passover. Consequently, many Jews will visit the Holy Land to celebrate resulting in string demand for luxury accommodation.


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