Easter holiday has begun!


Hi everyone,

How are you? Have you been enjoying the spring holiday? Here, the schools

have two weeks of Easter holiday starting this week. Do you know about

Easter? Let me tell you a little bit...

Easter is a special event from Christians. It is connected Pancake Day,

which I wrote about before in an article on this blog. Pancake Day's real

name is Shrove Tuesday, and it marks the beginning of some important events

in Christianity. The dates of these events change every year because

Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after

the spring equinox, and this timing changes each year. As for 2017, here

are the dates...

February 28th - Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day. (Please look at my

previous blog article.)

March 1st - Ash Wednesday. This marks the start of Lent. Lent is a time

when people remember Jesus' suffering when he spent 40 days and nights in

the dessert. To remember this, people give up something they enjoy during

Lent, for example chocolate, smoking, alcohol, etc. Lent continues for 40

days, not including Sundays.

April 14th - Good Friday. This is the day Jesus died. It is a national

holiday and fish is usually eaten on this day.

April 16th - Easter Day, the day Jesus lived again. Easter Day is 47 days

after Ash Wednesday. If the 47 days finishes on a Sunday though, one more

week is added.

April 17th - Easter Monday. This is a national holiday because Easter Day

is on a Sunday.

For Easter, we exchange Easter Eggs. Traditionally these were

real eggs and they symbolised new life because it is the time Jesus lived

again. However, these days the eggs are made from chocolate. It is common

for children to go on an "Egg Hunt". Adults hide chocolate eggs and the

children search for them. I remember this was a very exciting school event

when I was a child! Another symbol of Easter is the rabbit because they

produce many babies, or bunnies, in spring. The "Easter Bunny" brings the

chocolate eggs to the children. I suppose the Easter Bunny is the Easter

version of Father Christmas (Santa)! Other popular customs are making

Easter bonnets or baskets, painting or decorating eggs, and picking

daffodils, one of the flowers of spring.

Children love Easter because of all the chocolate, but many people

celebrate it seriously and give thanks to Jesus. As for me, it was the

last week of term at the gymnastics club last week. My pupils had trained

hard all term so as a treat I hid little chocolate bunnies in the gymnasium

and we did an Easter Bunny Hunt. The children loved it! For privacy

reasons, I couldn't take any pictures unfortunately. However, one child

gave me a beautiful rose, and I really appreciate this gift so I've put

that picture at the top of this article instead.

The dates of Easter are a bit tricky to understand but thank you

for reading about our customs. Keep enjoying your spring holiday! I hope

to enjoy my Easter holiday from this week. Until next time, take care!

Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️