English Vocabulary about Easter

Let’s learn some common words and hopefully improve your English vocabulary about 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.

English Vocabulary about Easter

LENT

(in the Christian church) the period before Easter which is devoted to fasting and abstinence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting. In Western church it lasts from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday

ex. Three of my best friends decided to give up sweets for lent.

RESURRECTION

(in Christian belief) Christ’s rising from the dead at the Last Judgement

ex. I was responding to Peter’s arguments about the resurrection.

GOOD FRIDAY

the Friday immediately before Easter Sunday is a very holy day indeed and many people focus on religious celebrations. Some believe the name “good Friday” comes from “God Friday”.

ex. Good Friday is a public holiday in many countries.

CRUCIFIXION

an ancient from of execution in which someone was nailed to a cross

TO CRUCIFY

1. to kill someone by nailing them to a cross

ex. Two thieves were crucified with Jesus.

2. to criticise someone or to punish someone

ex. She’ll crucify me if I call her after 10 p.m.

PALM LEAVES

the people greeted Jesus back from the desert waving palm leaves. Waving palm leaves is an ancient equivalent of rolling out the red carpet for special events. 

ex. Palm leaves were an ancient writing material in India.

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EASTER BUNNY

the Easter equivalent of Santa Claus. The original Easter Bunny (Osterhase) comes from Germany. Rabbits were traditionally associated with new life. Now we associate Easter with rabbits particularly cute little rabbits or bunnies. So many of the shops will be decorated in this style.

ex. What are your children getting from the Easter Bunny this year?

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.

ex. I love chocolate Easter Eggs.

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.

ex. Our Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out.

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.  

ex. Hot cross buns are best eaten warm with butter.

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