Easter is just around the corner and many of us are already gearing up for the celebrations, stockpiling chocolate eggs and planning treasure hunts for the kids. The holiday falls at the start of April in 2021, but always changes its dates year on year.
Although a Christian holiday at its core, Easter has been commercialised over the years and is now typically celebrated by everyone in the UK, much like Christmas.
Here’s all of the details you need to know about Easter…
When is Easter weekend in 2021?
This year, Easter weekend falls on April 2 – April 5.
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Friday, April 2 is Good Friday, which is a public holiday and Easter Sunday is on April 4.
Monday, April 5 is the final day of the Easter period, known as Easter Monday or a simple Bank Holiday Monday.
What is Easter and why is it celebrated?
Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Christian celebration of Holy Week, which follows the period of Lent, which began mid-February.
Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and is considered by many to be the most important Christian celebration.
The exact dates of Easter changes every year, because the holiday always has to fall a set amount of time after Lent and Mother’s Day, with all the Christian occasions influencing each other’s date on the calendar.
All the main days in the calendar fall on a Sunday, which is why the dates aren’t always consistent year on year.
Jesus himself was seen that day, and for days afterwards by many people.
His followers realised that God had raised Jesus from the dead, which is known as the second coming of Christ.
What happens over the Easter weekend to celebrate?
The celebrations vary from person to person, with many in Britain choosing not to celebrate the holiday.
However, others tend to only partake in commercialised practices, such as gifting Easter Eggs and planning fun activities for children.
Some Easter traditions, such as the Easter Bunny, are pagan in origin and don’t derive from Christian practice.
For those who are religious, Easter is a more sacred period where Christians can celebrate the life of Jesus and enjoy good food (usually a Lamb roast) and spending time with family.
Churches are filled with flowers, and there are special hymns and songs.