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Easter!2018.03.28


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Dear readers,

I hope you're doing well! Spring is well on the way.

Since it's close, I thought that today I'd write a little about Easter and how it's celebrated in the UK.

This year, Easter is April 1st. But the date changes every year. It's always sometime in early April and always on a Sunday. In the UK, we call Spring vacation "Easter holiday" in keeping with Christian tradition.

Easter was originally only celebrated as the most important day in the Christian calendar (it's the day Jesus supposedly rose from the dead after being crucified). However, these days, Easter is an event that non-religious people can also enjoy. One example of a fun Easter tradition is giving Easter eggs (which are made of chocolate, produced by chocolate companies and packaged in nice boxes) to friends and family. Another, mainly for children, is Easter egg hunts, during which small chocolate eggs are hidden around the house or the garden and children race to find them. (Jesse sensei told me that in the US, they actually use REAL eggs for Easter egg hunts. But to me, this seems less delicious and potentially a bit smelly.) Many schools and families also paint designs on hard-boiled eggs for display during the Easter period. This is a nice artistic activity - a little bit like the koinobori in Japan on Children's Day!

The main symbols for Easter are eggs, chicks (baby chickens) and rabbits. The reason for this is not only that Easter is in the Spring when many new animals are born, but also because of Easter's roots in Christianity - these are symbols of new life, which are linked to Jesus' supposed return from the dead.

In the past, on Easter Sunday, most British people would go to church. But modern Britain is very religiously diverse, and only a small percentage of people still attend Christian churches. Instead, nowadays, for Christians, atheists, and anything inbetween, it's traditional to eat a roast dinner (like the one I mentioned in my last blog entry!) and some nice desserts. And, of course, your Easter eggs.

I hope I've provided a nice picture of British Easter! Recently I've seen more and more Easter-themed items on sale in Japan, so I wonder if it'll become popular here soon too.

Thank you for reading and have a great week!


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