Easter is fast approaching, and many of you will be debating how to spend your bank holiday weekend. With an unprecedented four day weekend, you want to make sure you spend the time wisely, and we’re here to offer you some advice.
Easter traditions have been passed down through family generations, and many of them have become nationalised as a result of their popularity. With a wide range of traditions to choose from, we’re making it easy for you – we’ve narrowed it down to our three favourites:
Dying Easter eggs
The tradition of the Easter egg dates back to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when Mary Magdalene was thought to be holding a plain egg in the presence of an emperor and proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The traditions of dying eggs are unclear, with some stating that the Catholic Church started it in the 1700s to represent the blood of Christ, whilst others say it is a 13th century tradition started by King Edward, who ordered 450 red eggs. The exact origin of the tradition may not be clear, but we’re sure families the length and breadth of the country will have fun getting creative this Easter!
Fish and chips on Good Friday
Good Friday is the biggest payday of the year for chippies, as people patiently queue to get their traditional Good Friday fish supper. This traditional stems from the Roman Catholic custom of not eating warm blooded animals on Fridays, to acknowledge the death of Jesus.
Over the years, this has whittled down to a Good Friday tradition, but was also the origin of fish Fridays – no, it’s wasn’t just because of the alliteration as many people think!
The Easter Bunny
Rabbits have been associated with springtime since ancient times. It is believed that the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion. Later Christians changed the symbol of the hare to the Easter bunny.
The tradition is that the Easter bunny leaves Easter eggs on Easter Sunday. Parents hide eggs in the garden and the children go on an egg hunt to find them.
The idea of an egg-laying rabbit was taken to America in the 1700’s German immigrants. They told their children to make ‘nests’ with their caps and bonnets, and if they were good the Easter bunny would leave them coloured eggs.