Easter traditions

Easter is a spring festival which was originally a pagan holiday to celebrate the coming of spring. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon.

Easter egg hunts

The egg was a symbol of new life and traditionally people gave brightly painted eggs to one another at Easter. The early Christians then adapted this by claiming that the egg was a symbol of resurrection.

Children enjoy taking a basket to look for hidden Easter eggs (nowadays these eggs are made of chocolate). This tradition came from Germany and was made popular in the UK by Queen Victoria whose mother was German.

basket = cesta

You can learn more about Easter egg traditions such as the White House Easter Egg Roll on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Hot cross buns

A hot cross bun is a sweet bread with spices and raisins and a dough cross on the top – the cross represents the crucifix. There are many theories about the origin of this Easter treat. There is a famous nursery rhyme which goes:

“Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns!

One ha’penny, two ha’penny

Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters,

Give them to your sons

One ha’penny,

Two ha’penny,

Hot Cross Buns!”

spices = especies, raisins = pasas, dough = masa, nursery rhyme = canción infantil

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