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Easter is almost here everyone!
I’m going to take myself on a trip down memory lane and let you discover what growing up was like for a child in the English countryside. I also realize that I now have the urge to learn more about Easter traditions around the world…
In England, children have a two-week holiday which includes two bank holidays :Good Friday and Easter Monday.
In the weeks leading up to Easter at primary school, we would paint hard-boiled eggs in bright, beautiful colours and patterns. Competitions were held and the best eggs were displayed. Children were always rewarded for their efforts with chocolate eggs.
Chocolate eggs have been associated with Easter in the U.K. for many years. Traditionally, on Easter Sunday, the Easter Rabbit hides eggs in people’s homes and gardens. I fondly remember waking up in the morning to find straw and big, muddy rabbit prints around the house. I would search for chocolate eggs in and around our home for hours, eating them quicker than I could find them.
During the holidays, we would go and watch egg-rolling competitions! The aim of the game was to roll eggs down a hill. The egg that went the furthest won the game. Others would race one another while holding an egg on a spoon.
We would stop in a nearby town to watch strange men participate in a traditionnal dance called morris dancing. Morris is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins. It makes for quite a spectacle, I’m not sure whether to advise you to see this or not!
Around the world, people also have strange and wonderful ways of enjoying Easter. Check out the blog test and try to guess which tradition is celebrated in which country. A more detailed version of the story is given with the answer.
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