Published on March 19th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
Easter Activities For The Family
In 2018, the Easter weekend will span the last weekend of March with Good Friday on 30 March and Easter Sunday falling on 1 April. To celebrate, we’re taking a look at some of the history of the events and items that have become associated with Easter throughout the years.
The Easter weekend celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and is called a ‘moveable feast’. This means that, unlike Christmas, the holiday does not fall on a specific date and is decided based the full moon. That is because the death of Jesus originally fell around the Jewish Passover, which is held on whenever the first full moon following the vernal equinox is.
Due to the fact that the full moon can vary drastically depending on what time zone someone is in, the date is decided using the 14th day of the lunar month, with Easter being celebrated the Sunday that followed.
Celebrating Easter Customs
Christians, and many non-Christians, around the world celebrate Easter by getting involved in various activities. One of the time honoured traditions across the world are Easter Eggs, which are traditionally dyed and painted.
While the use of eggs and the decoration of them is considered ancient, with decorated eggs being found that are thousands of years old, the Christian custom started in Mesopotamia, with eggs being stained red to symbolise the ‘blood of Christ’. Eggs are often considered to be symbols of ‘rebirth’ and ‘fertility’, which helps to explain why they are associated with the resurrection of Jesus.
In modern times however, the United Kingdom uses chocolate eggs which were introduced by the chocolatier J.S. Fry & Sons in England in 1873. It is presumed that the first chocolate Easter eggs were created in Germany and France with the former developing the ‘crocodile’ finish that breaks up the smooth surface of an egg.
Easter Events For The Whole Family To Enjoy
Easter egg hunts are common across the world now, with eggs being hidden in an area for children to find. In partnership with the National Trust, Cadbury hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt that takes families through woodlands and other nature trails in over 250 hunts across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Anyone who enjoys collecting may be interested in getting involved in the A-Z 10p Coin Hunt which sees people across the United Kingdom collecting the new, special A-Z 10p coins that have been issued by the Royal Mint to celebrate all aspects of British culture.
For those who want to get involved in Easter spirit without the involvement of Easter eggs, why not consider some of the Easter events that the National Trust has available? From a spring natural trail in Norfolk to a mini-beast safari on the Isle of Wight, there’s something for every family to enjoy this Easter.
Celebrate In The Office
It can be easy for those in an office to celebrate the holiday as well with our range of Nestle Confectionery available for purchase on the Post Office Shop which includes Mini Smarties and Milkybar Buttons. While they may not be a traditional Easter egg, a hunt could still be organised by placing chocolate in various places in the office.
Whoever wins could be the recipient of a wonderful prize along with the title of Office Easter Hunt Winner! Every product on the Post Office Shop is available with next working day delivery, so make sure to get your Easter supplies now!