Let’s speak about traditions of celebrating Easter in English-speaking countries

  1. Easter is a time of rejoicing.
  2. It comes in spring, a joyful time for everyone.
  3. The date of Easter is not the same from year to year.
  4. But it always comes on the first Sunday after the first spring full Moon.
  5. For Christians Easter is the greatest religious holiday of the year.
  6. Easter is the feast of Christ resurrection.
  7. This holiday combines both pagan and Christian elements.
  8. Long before the celebration of Easter people celebrated a spring festival.
  9. People sang, danced and rejoiced over the rebirth of life in nature.
  10. When the Christian religion had spread to many lands, the joy of resurrection became mingled with the joy of the spring festival.
  11. Both celebrations stood for new life and new hope in the hearts of men.
  12. Many modern Easter symbols came from pagan times.
  13. The egg was a symbol of new life long before the Christian era.
  14. Eggs have been exchanged for centuries.
  15. The ancient custom of dyeing eggs is still very popular.
  16. The rabbit symbolized the Moon, new life and birth in ancient times.
  17. Easter’s date is determined by the Moon, so it was natural that the rabbit continued to be one of the symbols of Easter.
  18. Today children believe that Easter bunny bring eggs in a fancy basket.
  19. The cross is a significant Easter symbol.
  20. It represents Christ’s victory over death.
  21. The lamb is a symbol of Easter too.
  22. Lamb is now a traditional Easter meal.
  23. Cookies and cakes are often made in the shape of a lamb for Easter.
  24. Fluffy little chicks and spring-time flowers are also popular emblems of Easter.
  25. Hot cross buns are sold at Easter in the baker’s shops and even in the streets.
  26. Easter is a feast of joy and gladness.