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Easter Customs and Traditions in Great Britain


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Easter cards


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What is Easter?
Easter is the oldest and the most important Christian Festival, the celebration of the death and coming to life again of Jesus Christ.


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Good Friday
Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
Most retail stores remain open, while some of them may close early. Public schools and universities are often closed on Good Friday, either as a holiday of its own, or part of spring break.


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Easter falls on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, the full moon on or after 21 March, taken to be the date of the vernal equinox.


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Hot cross buns
A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday.


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Superstitions
1. One of them says that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or mold during the subsequent year.
2. Another encourages keeping such a bun for medicinal purposes. A piece of it given to someone who is ill is said to help them recover.


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3. If taken on a sea voyage, hot cross buns are said to protect against shipwreck.


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Hot Cross Buns nursery rhyme
Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns!
One a penny two a penny - Hot cross buns.
If you have no daughters, give them to your sons
One a penny two a penny - Hot cross buns.


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Easter Monday
Easter Monday is celebrated the day after Easter Sunday. Unlike Easter Sunday, Easter Monday is not a religious celebration.


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Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. The Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children.


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Egg hunt
Egg hunt is a game during which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial, filled with or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden in various places for children to find.


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Conclusion
In the UK Easter is one of the major Christian festivals of the year. It is full of customs, folklore and traditional food.


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References
http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/galinaras/post216441666
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/easter.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_cross_bun
http://www.rhymes.org.uk/hot_cross_buns.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Monday
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_hunt
http://www.learnenglish.de/culture/easter.htm