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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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.
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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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JoEditor 2 May, 2013 - 11:53

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ellen 24 April, 2013 - 16:56

Hi Jerry.
ooo Hungary it is very nice celebrate Easter holiday.
we have celebrate Novruz holiday.
Do you know Novruz holiday?
How old are you?
Please answer~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Jerry 29 April, 2013 - 16:28

Hi Ellen.
What is Novruz holiday? What does it have to do with Easter?
I'm past 16.
How long have you been learning English?
J.

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Jerry 22 April, 2013 - 16:23

Hello!
I'm from Hungary where Easter is celebrated with good food and special traditions. As for food there is "Easter breakfast" with home-made buns and ham with radish, boiled eggs and vegetables. Easter Monday the boys sprinkle the girls with water or parfume (in some villages young man still use bucket of cold water from the well for this purpose) so that the girls like fresh flowers wouldn't dry out and stay beautiful for long. In return girls present boys with painted eggs or sweets and they also get something to drink. They shouldn't dry out either. :-)

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emitis 17 April, 2013 - 09:56

Hi everybody! I'm from IRAN and we have NOWROZ festival here. Below I expaline more about iranian celebration. As we all know, the essence of any civilization is captured in its celebrations, for it is in these festivities that the symbols, ideas and institutions that are cherished most by the people of a nation are brought forth and renewed. One of the greatest sources of pleasure for Iranians is other Iranians. What joy there is in Iran in socializing, being with other people, talking, walking, arguing, bargaining, boasting, flattering, joking, sympathizing, complaining, exaggerating and, above all, crying and laughing. At the center of all is the joy that arises from the family. Iranian families are close? knit, extended and loyal. Children, of course, are the chief source of pleasure in a family. So it is not surprising if the two celebrations which are important for Iranians, and which are occasions for joy have as their bases the family unification. One, the marriage celebration has its origin in the realm of the family and its social network.

The second celebration is the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, which starts on March 21st the first day of spring and the beginning of Iranian Calendar. This celebration continues for more than two weeks, from the last Wednesday of the year until the thirteenth day after the New Year. During this time many festivities take place. A primary emphasis during Nowruz is on nature. Fire, water, earth and air all figure prominently. Social gatherings, food and contact with the outdoors are emphasized. Preparations for the holiday begin weeks in advance. Every home must have not only a complete and thorough cleaning, but painting is done and needed repairs are made. Everything is to be in order for the coming year, nothing is to be left undone ? including the paying off of all debts. Everyone in the family must wear new clothes as the new year begins. Gifts and gold coins are given and taken too. Therefore, weeks ahead of time many shopping trips take place.

Two weeks before, each family prepares a bowl of water scattered with grain seed and left to germinate. This bowl of greens symbolizes the coming of spring and is one of the oldest of traditions. During the 13 days of the celebrations, endless visits to relatives and friends are traditional and considered obligatory. The first day is reserved for the oldest and most respected members of the family. The Nowruz celebrations are unique to Iran and go back as far as recorded history. The true beginnings are a bit hazy and clouded with time, full of myths and legends, and romanced in the poetry of the past.

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ellen 7 April, 2013 - 16:17

Hello Natasha Li.
How old are you?
Have you been to Azerbaijan?
Please answer.....))))

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Natasha Li 6 April, 2013 - 10:35

we just celebrate Easter at our churches. we don't have many christian in Taiwan. But fortunatly, I am a follower of Christ. So I celebrate it~~ That's really a nice day of a year !

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ellen 5 April, 2013 - 16:19

Hello RehinaParker.
You have got nice hobby.
Do you like sport?
What English songs do you like? And movies? Please answer.....))))

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Sofimeaw 8 March, 2016 - 15:42

Hi Ellen,I'm from Barcelona! In Barcelona Easter is celebrated in March.
I love Easter because there is a lot of chocolate :3
-Do you love Eastern? And chocolate?

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carlaveas 4 April, 2013 - 20:51

yes, this holidays is very tipical in my country, godparents give you a gift or a " mona " .
But that does not hide chocolate eggs in the garden. I love this week .

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