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EASTER HOLIDAYS & ENGLISH TRADITIONS

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After Lent begins Holy Week, a Christian feast in which the death and resurrection of Christ is commemorated. In England, Holy Week is better known as Easter. Easter is celebrated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The party includes Holy Thursday, and lasts until Easter Monday, a holiday in England, along with Good Friday. It is a celebration that goes back to pagan times and that the English continue to remember with some very popular Easter traditions.

If you want to enjoy these days in England, you can enjoy some of its traditions, among which we can find several, such as:

Easter games

egg raceOne of the oldest traditions in the UK is the famous “Egg Roll”. After Easter Mass on the Monday, the children come together to go down hills rolling decorated eggs. The first one who arrives without losing the egg wins a chocolate prize. The best-known game of this type in the country takes place in the park of Avenham, in the city of Preston.

Other places where this event is also held, is at Penrith Castle, in the Bunker Hills of Derby and also at Arthur’s Seat, at the top of the city of Edinburgh. We can find another game that is very similar to this called the Easter Egg Hunt. For this, children have to find hidden eggs. This Easter activity is celebrated in various parks and gardens belonging to palaces and castles.

Decorating Easter eggs

decorated easter eggMany families in England spend Easter Monday painting and decorating eggs to show off their artistic skills. The event “Big Egg Hunt” of the Lindt chocolates, hire different artists to decorate with extravagant drawings, 101 gigantic eggs, which they exhibit in Convent Garden in London. For Easter they hide in several cities of the country and the first one to find it remains.

This event’s funds are raised for the most needy children through the Action for Children association. Participants who are searching must find Humpty Dumpty and follow the instructions. With this they enter a contest with up to 100 prizes giving you a year supply of Lindt chocolate.The eggs are made of fibreglass and measure about 80 centimetres high, and are designed with images of famous childhood characters such as Minnie Mouse, Peppa Pig, Spongebob etc.

Traditional buns

hotcrossbuns_397_16x9If you want to spend Holy Week in the UK, you will find the tasty Hot Cross Buns. Currently they can be found throughout the year, but they were served for the first time on Good Friday, they are very sweet and soft and have a distinctive cross on it. We leave you an old rhyme that the children used to sing while preparing these sweets:  Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons, One to penny, two to penny, Hot cross buns.

Trying these is a must for those with a sweet-tooth!

OTHER EVENTS OVER EASTER

  • Horse Harness Parade: In London there is a historical parade, which brings together a variety of races, from donkeys to heavy horses.

 

  • Food and Drink Festival in Chester: The city of Chester on the border with Wales, takes advantage of the long weekend to celebrate its annual food and drink festival. Almost 30,000 spectators join each year to taste typical dishes of these dates, with events, contests and cooking workshops for children.

 

  • Fair Tournament at the Royal Arsenals in Leeds: The city of Leeds travels back in time to the medieval era, during Holy Week. The Armor Museum (Royal Armories) organizes several live tournaments, between men disguised with armor as medieval knights, fighting with swords, mounted on horseback. The event ends on Easter Monday with a medieval parade, followed by the grand finale, between the two best knights.

 

  • “Planet Thanet” Beer Festival: What better way to celebrate Easter than by sampling 200 types of beers, either in barrels or bottled and apple and pear cider, in the coastal town of Margate?

 

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