Happy Easter from Thames Valley Summer Schools

We are looking forward one of the important festivals in the English calendar – Easter. While Easter is a Christian festival the English have held a celebration to mark the end of winter and the coming of spring since before the time of Christ.

Many people now decorate their homes with fresh flowers and symbols of new life and springtime. These often include decorated eggs, baby animals – ducks, chicks and lambs, rabbits to symbolize the Easter bunny.

Many families still attend church services over the long Easter weekend. The Christian belief in the risen Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday after the sorrow of the services marking the crucifixion on Good Friday. Churches are beautifully decorated for Easter Sunday with spring flowers after the time of preparation known as Lent, which is six weeks prior to Easter. 

Traditionally new seasons outfits, including hats are worn on Easter Sunday; we are all hoping for a sunny spring day! From this old custom an Easter Bonnet Parade has developed and is particularly popular with younger children, usually organized by their schools.

Above all Easter is a time for families to get together and feasting! Families travel to make sure all are home for the long weekend holiday before the festivities begin. On Good Friday Hot Cross Buns are served to remember the death of Christ.  

The main Easter feast is served on Easter Sunday; traditionally roast lamb is served. The feasting is also about chocolate and sweet goodies. There is usually a delicious dessert served and chocolate cake or Simmel cakes are also eaten. Cakes are also decorated with symbols of Easter, spring and new life.

Easter eggs are given as gifts; some families enjoy the tradition of these gifts being delivered by the Easter Bunny. Eggs and gifts are often presented in baskets.

English people long for good weather over the Easter weekend – it comes at the end of the long winter season. Outdoor activities often take place and a great favourite with children is an Easter Egg Hunt. Children look for eggs that parents have hidden and siblings can get very competitive about who has found the most eggs! The Easter baskets that held gifts make a great container for collecting the eggs. Hard boiled eggs can also be decorated and in some regions egg throwing or rolling competitions are held on Easter Monday.

The traditional English Easter has been a couple of thousand years in the making and traditions grow with each passing year but the most important component is the family coming together to share fun, food and to look forward to the warmer weather and summer pass times.

Happy Easter!

 1st April 2018 /    Alice /   On this day, Global Events

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