Easter in England
People in England usually go to church on Easter. Easter eggs are important in Britain, too. They are a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. People decorate them with different colours using special techniques. Children believe that the Easter Rabbit hides the eggs in the garden. A traditional food is Roast lamb for dinner on Easter Day.
SYMBOLS OF EASTER
Many of the symbols and traditions of Easter are connected with renewal, birth, good luck and fertility.
Of course as it is a Christian festival one of the main symbols is a cross.
The week of Easter begins on Palm Sunday. Why Palm Sunday? So, when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on what is now known as Palm Sunday, people welcomed him with palm branches carpeting the streets and waving them.
Easter eggs are a very old tradition going to a time before Christianity. Eggs after all are a symbol of spring and new life.
Exchanging and eating Easter eggs is a popular custom in many countries. In the UK before they were replaced by chocolate Easter eggs real eggs were used, in most cases, chicken eggs. The eggs were hard-boiled and dyed in various colors and patterns. The traditionally bright colours represented spring and light.
In many places people play this game. They hold an egg in the palm of the hand and bang against the opponent’s egg. The loser is the one whose egg breaks first.
Nowadays people give each other Easter eggs made of chocolate, usually hollow and filled with sweets.
THE EASTER BUNNY
Rabbits have always been a symbol of Easter
In the UK children believe that if they are good the «Easter Bunny » will leave (chocolate) eggs for them.
HOT CROSS BUNS
Hot cross buns, now eaten throughout the Easter season, were first baked in England to be served on Good Friday. They are small and there is a cross on them.