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. ☺️