From 2nd April to 5th April there is a Bank holiday! We’ve put together a list of some British Easter traditions during Easter period. Some you may have heard of, but others will certainly be new! Pick your favourite and enjoy this short break with friends and family!
Easter egg hunts
First, an Easter egg is a hollow, egg-shaped chocolate treat. Children and adults all over the country look forward to their baskets of Easter eggs, which they receive on Easter Sunday. Children are told that the eggs are delivered by the Easter Bunny.
The story of the Easter Bunny comes, originally, from German folk stories. The rabbit lays the eggs and delivers them to the children if they have been good over the Easter period. On Easter morning, adults hide small Easter eggs in the garden, house, or village and the children must follow clues to find them.
Eggs symbolise new life and represent the rebirth of Jesus.
Before we had chocolate eggs, children would often decorate real eggs to mark the occasion. A lot of children still enjoy doing this, but the chocolate eggs are far more popular of course!
Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are another tasty and delicious tradition in UK. These buns contain raisins and are toasted, lathered in butter and enjoyed with a nice cup of tea or coffee.
The crosses symbolise the Christian belief that Jesus died on the cross for their sins.
Maypole dancing is another Easter time tradition in Britain. Dancers hold on to colourful ribbons attached to the top of a large pole and dance in patterns surrounded by music played by the village band.
The tradition certainly comes from our pre-Christian heritage.
This is a unique tradition of Bacup village, in Lancaster. The dance troupe is called the Britannia Coco-nut Dancers, or the “Nutters” for short.
They dance for 11 km through the village and drink a pint of beer in every pub they stop at along the way. The eight dancers dress very strangely, with clogs (wooden shoes), a red and white skirt, black trousers and shirts. They also paint their faces black.
If you see a man dressed in white, with bells on his trousers and a stick or handkerchief in his hand, don’t be scared. He’s a Morris Dancer.
Morris Dancing often takes place during Easter parades or village fairs. It’s a type of English folk dance. The dance troupes are traditionally all-male, but nowadays there are also female groups.
Which of these Easter traditions surprised you the most? Do you have similar traditions in your country? Which one is the most popular?