In the UK, schools close for about 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 about 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.

However, the eggs are sold in cardboard boxes and sometimes there’s more packaging than chocolate! Also, some people believe that too much chocolate is eaten 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!

There are other special foods too. Hot cross buns are typical cakes that are made at Easter time. They are spiced bread rolls with raisins and they always have a cross shape on top. They are delicious toasted with butter.

Discussion

Is Easter celebrated where you live?

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Cfvdv 11 June, 2021 - 13:02

Yes, here in my country the shops are very full with Easter Eggs too. And here it's also super normally someone give an Easter Egg as a present in the days of Easter. But we don't have the competitions.

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PaulaS 16 April, 2020 - 11:08

Easter is celebrated in Poland. In my country I also paint Easter eggs. On Silent Saturday you go to church and bless the basket of food that you eat the next day for Easter breakfast. The basket usually contains salt, horseradish, eggs, sausage and bread. On Easter Monday it is a tradition to pour water.

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chudofluor 14 April, 2020 - 15:10

Easter is a great religious holiday. Before Easter, you should go through a seven-week fast in order to cleanse yourself. Believers believe that this is a celebration of the renewal of all nature and the cleansing of sins. Preparation for the holiday begins a week before it, delicious cakes are baked, eggs are painted in different colors.

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Vladlenovna 14 April, 2020 - 13:33

Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays. The exact date of the holiday changes from year to year but it usually falls on April. On Saturday children dye Easter eggs, which are called “pysankas”. In the evening people go to church for the Easter mass, which lasts all night. Sunday is the actual day of Easter. People visit each other on this day and exchange colourful “pysankas”.

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Batgirl 5 October, 2018 - 17:37

In Ukraine, we celebrate Easter with decorating our houses with colored eggs. There is also a tradition to paint empty eggs, which are called "pisanki". People also go to church and after that share painted eggs and easter- cakes with each other.

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slmp 16 March, 2018 - 21:06

Easter is celebrated in my country, as well, but we have just a few days off from school and traditionally it is considered to be quite religious festival. Not everybody celebrate it the same way, but usually people eat Easter eggs and spend time with their families. it is also some kind of sign of spring coming soon when it starts to be a little warmer compared to our weather conditions in the winter time.

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