For the first time in a number of years Easter in the Christian religion and orthodox church coincide this Easter.
Whilst Easter is a very important religious ceremony it is also associated with a lot of non religious activities.The period before Easter (known as Lent) usually involves a long period of “fasting”- giving up certain foods and products Eating chocolate eggs or just enjoying a holiday weekend the first in Spring is the reward for your good deeds during the 40 days of lent.
Here are some well known English words and phrases for an Easter vocabulary:
Easter Bunny – we associate Easter with rabbits particularly cute little rabbits or bunnies.So many of the shops will be decorated in this style.
Easter Eggs – the tradition is usually to boil eggs (hens eggs) and paint them or decorate them in different colours. However, in the west we love our chocolate so the shops are full of lots and lots of chocolate in the shape of eggs both large and small. Traditionally these eggs are “hollow”(empty inside) which the egg manufacturers (such as Mars) fill with a variety of sweets.
Good Friday – the Friday immediately before Easter Sunday is a very holy day indeed and many people focus on religious celebrations. It is a holiday in many countries. Some believe the name “good Friday” comes from “God Friday”
Egg Hunt – a day for the children. When Mum and the kids have painted and decorated the eggs those of us more active hide the eggs in a garden or park and the children go on a egg hunt. Whoever finds the most eggs can get a special prize — more eggs!! Probably chocolate this time.
Hot Cross Buns – a very old English tradition. These are very special buns (like a scone – a single-serving quick bread/cake). They contain raisins and currants and have a very sweet taste. They are distinguishable by the “cross” on top which represents the crucifix carried by our Lord.