WHAT'S ON WORLDWIDE

UNTIL MARCH 28

Britain Today is the final day of The Word, the London Festival of Literature. A "Signathon" will be held from 11am, with Wilbur Smith, author of Monsoon, and Lord Archer, the politician who is also renowned for his popular novels including As The Crow Flies, as well as some 50 other authors. Also, in "Kureishi's London", the author of The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi, will talk about his city and how it has inspired his work.

2 APRIL

Philippines The Pasyon sa Bantayan festival in Bantayan, one of the Visayan Islands of Cebu Province in the Philippines, is an intensely religious affair. At around 4pm on Good Friday, a magnificent lantern procession of icons and images, many of which are centuries old, will set off along the main thoroughfares of the market town, depicting the passion of Christ and other biblical figures.

2 APRIL

Italy The rite of the Vattienti (the flagellants) at Nocera Terinese in Calabria is one of Europe's more shocking religious events. The bloody rite has survived centuries and, for a few penitents, is a none-too-pleasant way to spend Good Friday. After receiving grace, their heads are topped with a crown of thorns, like the one worn by Jesus. And, as if this is not punishment enough, the penitents then lash themselves with slivers of glass attached to waxed corks.

UNTIL 4 APRIL

Australia The Melbourne food and wine festival is Australia's top gourmet event. International chefs will take spectators through a range of tasting, cooking and master-classes, and the festival also includes the world's longest lunch, where people sit to dine at a table seating more than 1,000. For those looking for specialist culinary experiences try the sushi crawl, organised by Japanese sushi experts. For information,visit the website: www.tourism.vic.gov.au.

UNTIL 5 APRIL

Portugal Semena Santa (Holy Week) is most spectacular at Braga, Portugal's religious capital. It becomes the focus of some of the Christian world's most dramatic festivities. In the weeks leading up to Easter, roadside altars will be lit representing the stations of the cross. The eeriest moment is when the Senhor Ecce Homo procession of barefooted penitents wearing pointed black hoods, on the evening of Maundy Thursday.

UNTIL 5 APRIL

Spain Holy Week celebrations in Seville are regarded as the most important in Spain. Depending on whether you are a Christian or merely a tourist you will follow the festivities with devotion or awe. On Thursday night, the Virgin Mary, will be on display among other favourite icons. But you'll have to fight to get a glimpse of her as she is carried through the streets on the shoulders of hooded bearers who belong to competing fraternities.

2-5 APRIL

Britain Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens is the host for a Giant Easter Egg Hunt. The 20-acre garden, which was established in 1765, will be in full bloom with camelias, first introduced into this country from Japan in 1792. Participants hunt for tokens and trade them in for Creme Eggs. And if you find a small golden horseshoe you can claim a football-sized egg stuffed with chocolates.

SIMON KEANE

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Life and Style
Balmain's autumn/winter 2014 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti and featuring Binx Walton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott
fashionHow Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
News
people
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    C++ Software Engineer - Hounslow, West London - C++ - to £60K +

    £40000 - £60000 per annum + Pension, Healthcare : Deerfoot IT Resources Limite...

    VB.NET and C# developer (VB.NET,C#,ASP.NET)

    £30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...

    Visitor Experience volunteer

    Unpaid voluntary role: Old Royal Naval College: To assist the Visitor Experien...

    Telesales Manager. Paddington, London

    £45-£55k OTE £75k : Charter Selection: Major London International Fashion and ...

    Day In a Page

    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

    For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014

    The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
    Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

    The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

    What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
    Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

    Finding the names for America’s shame

    The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
    Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

    Inside a church for Born Again Christians

    As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
    Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

    Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

    Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
    Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

    Incredible survival story of David Tovey

    Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
    Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

    Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

    The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

    Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

    Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
    German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

    Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

    Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
    BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

    BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

    The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
    Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

    Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

    Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
    How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

    Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

    Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
    Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

    Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

    Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride