In the UK, schools close for two weeks at Easter time. Read on to find out more about how Easter is celebrated in Britain.


What does it mean?

Easter is a spring festival of new life. As a pagan tradition it is the beginning of growth and new life after the cold, winter months. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and spring - Eostre. For Christians, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and practising Christians attend special church services at Easter time. Easter celebrates life and rebirth, which is why we see lots of symbols of new life and fertility at Easter, like eggs, chicks and rabbits.

When is it?

Unlike Christmas, Easter isn’t on the same date each year. It takes place on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Schoolchildren and students in the UK have a two-week holiday at Easter time which is almost as long as the Christmas holiday. It’s also the first public holiday after Christmas and everyone looks forward to their Easter break as a moment to relax, have a short holiday or visit family and friends.

Chocolate eggs

For most British children, Easter means chocolate Easter eggs. The shops are full of bright Easter displays decorated with chicks, rabbits and flowers, all with the objective of selling chocolate eggs in huge numbers. And it works! 90 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK each year, and each child receives on average eight chocolate eggs. The eggs are sold in cardboard boxes and sometimes there’s more packaging than chocolate!  Some people believe that too much chocolate is eaten at Easter time and most doctors and dentists would advise people to eat Easter eggs in moderation.

Other 'egg-straordinary' traditions

In the UK, chocolate is definitely the most popular way to enjoy eggs at Easter. But there are some less sugary traditions, too. Chickens’ eggs are painted and decorated to give as presents, and eggs are also hidden for children to find as part of an 'egg hunt'. Some places even hold competitions to see who can roll an egg down a hill without it breaking! Hot cross buns are typical cakes that are made at Easter time. They are like spiced bread rolls with raisins and they always have a cross shape on top. They are delicious served hot with butter.

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Is Easter celebrated where you live?


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Ken 27 March, 2016 - 13:57

Happy Easter!
Wishing you a peaceful Easter that fills you with new life and vitality!

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Raquel14 8 March, 2016 - 15:42

We celebrate Easter in March with my family and friends. I like celebrating Easter because there is lot of chocolate all the day ! :)

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Persianman 2 October, 2015 - 15:57

in Iran we don't have Easter celebrate but instead of that we have Nowruz celebration that on that day they start a new year and we arrange seven things that their names is starts with "s" or "س" on a table linen.
on this day grand fathers or grand mothers gives handsel to their grandchild

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igetbored 13 April, 2014 - 17:41

In our Country,Turkey we celebrate 23th April.It' Children's Day and I love it.We just sometımes celebrate easter in our English calsss and it is super fun !

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igetbored 13 April, 2014 - 17:38

No,we don't celebrate it.We have different special days.Like 23th April Children's Day!I really like easter cause we sometimes celebrate easter in English Class!It's amesome and super fun!

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Toma English 3 July, 2013 - 00:41

Well , We celebrate Easter in Egypt in Monday not Sunday :D Here we call it Sham Al-Nessim and we color eggs and eat certain kinds of fish , but we celebrate it as an old feast of the pharaohs ,, Christians celebrates both Sunday and Monday ,, but their main feast is sunday ,, muslims don't have to celebrate it but only we celebrate it in Mondays only , by going out in picnics ,, going to zoo , etc

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farahmazin 23 June, 2013 - 22:53

i am from jordan and i am a muslim too and we dont celebrate the ester but i have a christian friend and she celebrate , love the eggs in ester they look nice :D

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ellen 30 April, 2013 - 18:31

Hello my dear friend. How are you?I believe that good.
There are a lot of holidays in Azerbaijan. The holidays Ramazan holiday, Kurban holiday(feast of all Moslem world)
Republic Day holiday, and so on.
You have heard about Novruz holiday probably . Novruz holiday is the national holiday of Azerbaijan.
I have you been English site 4 month ago.
And you?
What is the national emblem of Hungary?
And what about your favourite food??
What is the educational system Hungary?
Please answer..........................................................................

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