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The actual date of Easter varies every year depending on the date of the first day of spring and on the full moon. In 2012 the Easter weekend will be from 6 April to 9 April. At Easter, Palm Sunday introduces Karwoche (Holy Week). Twigs of sallow are taken to church and blessed to commemorate the public appearance of Jesus in Jerusalem. On Easter Sunday Austrians eat a traditional Easter brunch with sweet bread, cold meat, coloured eggs and horseradish. As a tradition for kids, colourful Easter eggs, sweets and small presents are hidden in the house or in the garden, weather-permitting, by the magic Easter bunny. There is also a popular pastry in the form of a lamb called Osterlamm which is given to the kids by their godfather or godmother.

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