Easter is a holiday celebrated by Christians to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus. In many countries, the celebration consists of three days: Good Friday, Easter Sunday (also called Resurrection Sunday) and Easter Monday. The exact dates of the holiday vary from 21st March to 25th April, depending on when the full moon is, this year the Sunday falls on the 27th March, which also happens to be our gran’s 75th birthday!
The word Easter is said to originate from the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring; Eostre (Eastre), and the Anglo-Saxon word for April; Eostre-monath (the month of openings).
A very common tradition for this special occasion is giving eggs as presents. No-one knows when eggs were first given as gifts, but ages ago people either used bird’s eggs or made wooden eggs, and decorated them with bright colours to give as presents. The first edible eggs were made only in the last 100 years or so, made out of sugar and marzipan. Now we have chocolate eggs, which I’m sure you’ll agree is much yummier than a wooden egg!
A very popular activity to play with friends and family, is the Easter egg hunt. Which is basically just a game of find the egg, where little eggs are hidden and then hunted for, you can even give clues to where the egg is. This can be played anywhere: in the house, the garden or even in a big field, this year our book club is having an Easter egg hunt on the cliffs by the sea! Somemore games are: egg rolling, where you roll hard-boiled eggs down a hill and try to get the furthest, and the egg and spoon race, where you have to balance an egg on a spoon and race to the finish without dropping it.
What are you doing this Easter? We will be having our usual Easter lunch with our granny and grandpa this year, as it is also our granny’s 75th birthday!
Of course, we all know that chocolate is associated with Easter but there are so many other different types of food that are eaten on this occasion around the world. For eg,
** in Russia, they have Pashka, a pyramid shaped dessert made of cheese
** in Croatia and some other Eastern European countries, they have Pinca, a sweet bread with the sign of a cross. Click for Jasmina’s recipe.
** in the UK (and some other countries), Easter won’t be complete with some Hot Cross Buns. Click for the Lisa’s recipe.
** in Spain, they have Rosquillas, flavoured baked or fried doughnuts.
If you’d like to see more recipes for this occasion, as usual, go to our mum’s site: LinsFood
Also, if you would like to see more kid friendly recipes (because we’re kids!), this is our favourite cookbook ever, click on the picture to go to it: