The festival of Easter is traditionally the time that Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It comes at a different time each year and is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring (March 20th), which means it could be any Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. It also marks the end of Lent, when traditionally people have ‘fasted’ by giving up something like sweets, or cakes, and is therefore a time of feasting.
You will see hot cross buns in the shops around Easter time and they were originally baked to be eaten on Good Friday. These small yeast buns, with raisins or currents and candied fruit, were given a cross on the top which would then be filled with sugar icing or confectioners paste after baking. Some people may remember the old rhyme:
“Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns.
If you do not like them, Give them to your sons, One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns”
Here is Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Hot Cross Buns, described as ‘not too tricky’ to make http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/bread-recipes/hot-cross-buns
Some believe Easter is named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and spring – Eostre.
Easter eggs are a very old tradition and are a symbol of spring and new life. Easter eggs used to be real eggs that were hard boiled, dyed and decorated in various patterns and used for playing games but these days we tend to give chocolate eggs, filled with sweets. Easter egg hunts are now very popular with many attractions offering Easter Egg Hunts around Easter time but you could create your own at home or at your holiday cottage.
The Easter Bunny is another popular tradition, with children in the UK believing that the Easter Bunny will leave chocolates for them if they have been good.
What about the Easter Bonnet? Well, Easter was once a very popular time for getting married and that may be why people dressed up. It was the women who would make and wear Easter bonnets, decorated with flowers and ribbons and in some parts of the country it is still tradition to have an Easter Parade where women will show off their Easter bonnets.
This year Easter coincides with the changing of the clocks to ‘ British Summertime’ and so will be the start of evenings that are lighter for longer and summer will be on its way soon.
Visit Cornwall lists a number of Easter Egg Hunts in the County
Becky Falls on Dartmoor also have Easter events for children