What is Easter?
Easter Sunday is when Christians remember how Jesus Christ was returned to life after his death on Good Friday. Although it is a religious festival, Easter is celebrated by many people in different ways. Traditions that are popular during the Easter period are often egg-related – decorating eggs, Easter Egg Hunts and, of course, giving and eating chocolate eggs!
When is Easter?
Easter is always between 22 March and 25 April, on the first Sunday (and Monday) after the first full moon once spring has officially begun. In 2020, Good Friday is on 10 April and Easter Sunday and Monday on 12 and 13 April.
As one of the main weekends in the annual calendar of public holidays, Easter has many traditions and customs. What do you like doing at Easter?
There are all kinds of DIY decorations you can do with eggs, like painting them in different colours and making an Easter egg basket decorated with fluffy chicks. Children (and adults!) are spoilt with all kinds of chocolate Easter eggs, large and small. But first the kids have to go looking for the eggs that Easter Bunny has hidden somewhere in the house or the garden. Time for the Easter Egg Hunt!
Hot cross buns
Hot cross buns are full of raisins and other dried fruits as well as spices. The cross on the top, sometimes from icing, makes them a traditional Easter treat. Toast a bun, spread it with butter and enjoy it with a cup of tea!
A classic roast lamb dish is often on a restaurant’s Easter brunch or dinner menu. And also part of a family’s traditional Easter Sunday lunch at home.
Good Friday is when Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is towards the end of the period of Lent – 40 days from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter – when some Christians give up a type of food or activity they really enjoy, in memory of Christ’s suffering.
Peter Rabbit books
Besides Easter Bunny, Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit is surely the most famous rabbit in the UK. And there are even special Peter Rabbit books to read to children at Easter, like Easter Surprise, Easter Egg Hunt and Happy Easter Peter!
New Easter tradition: Secret Easter Bunny
Secret Easter Bunny is a new activity that’s more recently been added to the list of typical Easter traditions. It is a way to exchange gifts, just like the Secret Santa that’s often part of a Xmas celebration.
But as Easter is a time for being particularly creative, Secret Easter Bunny gifts are often more elaborate than Secret Santa presents. For example, a giant papier mâché Easter egg with a gift hidden inside.
Secret Easter Bunny rules
Have you decided to arrange a Secret Easter Bunny game this year? Then this is what to do:
- Go to DrawNames.co.uk and fill in the names of everyone who is taking part.
- Add any exclusions: who shouldn’t draw who?
- Add any details the group needs to know, like the amount to be spent. Then the names are drawn!