Easter Sunday is a Cultural and Christian festival. It is a moveable feast that is not always celebrated on the same date. It has become the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon after the March equinox. Aside from religious events one of the symbols most widely associated with Easter are eggs. Both religious and non-religious customs include egg hunts, Easter bunnies, Easter parades and varying traditional foods are also eaten.
The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. Modern celebrations see real decorated chicken eggs replaced with chocolate eggs and bunnies. In some countries children leave out a basket for the Easter bunny to fill overnight.
British chocolate company Cadbury manufactured their first Easter egg in 1875. They sponsor the annual Easter egg hunt which takes place in over 250 National Trust locations in the U.K. (except for this year).
In many countries Easter is often a public holiday. As it is always on a Sunday, Easter Monday is given as well as Good Friday as Public holidays. A large number of businesses close at some point over this period. There are also Bank holidays in many regions.
Easter cards were first sent as a post card around the end of the 19th century, slowly becoming popular worldwide. Eating hot-cross buns is a long standing tradition, traced as far back as the 12th century, originally eaten on Good Friday. Buns marked with a cross in honour of good Friday that are sweet and spicy.
This year many things will be different for all of us. Instead of gathering around a dinner table with friends and family we can get creative and use one of the group and face chats that are available to stay connected. If you are doing an Easter egg hunt think of keeping it entirely inside or both inside or outside. Why not make your own Easter eggs, many of us don’t really have the excuse of not having time ! Check out this link for ideas to make yours and other people’s day special
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE AND STAY WELL !