Let’s talk about Easter – some vocabulary connected to Easter

Blog_Easter bunniesI don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to Easter this year. Here in the UK we have a long Easter weekend as Good Friday is a public holiday as well as Easter Monday.
We don’t normally go away for Easter but this year my husband and I are going on a walking holiday to the Lake District, a particularly beautiful part of Northern England. It is also known as Beatrix Potter country. We’re taking our dog, Buster so it should be good fun. With a bit of luck, Buster will not hunt down the sheep in the fields!!!

The supermarkets are full of all the delicious foods and goodies for Easter and as I was strolling around one of these supermarkets the other day marvelling at them, I thought I would share with you all the wonderful things there are to eat at Easter here in the UK. Some things are particular to the UK but others are universal.

Hot Cross Buns
Blog_hot cross bunsThese gorgeous little buns normally come out around a month before Easter (supermarkets are not very strict about respecting Lent!). If I am not mistaken, hot cross buns are typical of the UK and are always eaten at Easter. The buns are sweet and made of raisins or currants with a cross on top to symbolise the Christian cross.
In the past, they used to be sold by street vendors who would sing out:

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns,
one a penny, two a penny
Hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns are best eaten hot. I normally toast them and then spread butter on them. The hot buns with melted butter are heavenly especially with a delicious cup of tea. My favourite buns are cinnamon and raisin…mmm. Oh, my mouth is watering just thinking of them!

Blog_Chocolate bunniesEaster Eggs and Bunnies
As soon as you walk into any supermarket, you are greeted by a range of different sized Easter bunnies all made of chocolate – dark, milk or white. I normally buy medium-sized Easter bunnies for my nephews – one each so that there are no arguments. If I am feeling particularly generous I might buy one for my husband, too!

 

There are of course different sized chocolate eggs available to buy. I like to have a bowl of small Easter chocolate eggs in the living room to share with friends or to keep all to myself! I especially like the little eggs that have bright, colourful wrappers. They give a welcoming, warm splash of colour to any room.

Blog_Chocolate Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Hunts are very popular with children and are organised throughout the UK. Here is just a selection around London.

Easter Lamb
Not only has lamb got religious symbolism (Lamb of God) but it is also closely linked to the symbols of spring and rejuvenation. At Easter, lamb is the traditional meat that is served in the UK.  We are very fortunate to be able to enjoy both Welsh and New Zealand lamb.

Most people will have the traditional roasted lamb. Some people prefer a shoulder of lamb whilst others would choose a leg of lamb to roast in the oven. I don’t mind either. I often make thin slits in the meat and add slivers of garlic into the slits before sprinkling rosemary leaves on the lamb and putting it into the oven.

The lamb is served with mint sauce, roast potatoes and a selection of vegetables. Delicious or “delish” (my invention)!

This Marks and Spencer Advertisement perfectly captures what Easter means to me. I defy you not to be drooling after watching this ad!

 

 

This year we will celebrate Easter Sunday at a pub in the Lake District but first we will go on a hike so that we feel justified in tucking into a huge lunch later!

What will you be doing this Easter? What do you normally do at Easter? Do let me know.

In my next post, I will share with you some idioms and phrases we have in the English Language that has some of the Easter symbols – eggs and bunnies. So, watch this space…..

I am aware that Passover is being celebrated at the same time as Easter. I don’t know much about this Jewish tradition, I’m ashamed to say, so any knowledge would be very welcome indeed. Please share.

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Ciao for now

Shanthi

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27 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Easter – some vocabulary connected to Easter

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  4. I do love your posts.As a teacher of English in a French speaking country, they help enhance my teachings.thanks a lot.

  5. Hi! It was a very sweet post! Sadly, here in Venezuela Easter isn’t so sweet than in England is. Venezuelans are mostly catholic and the costumes are very traditionals. For example, in holy Friday you shouldn’t eat meat or chicken, you must eat only fish…

    Enjoy Lake District! =)

  6. Hi there Shanthi,
    Here in Greece there are a lot one can do at Easter time.On Good Thursday we dye eggs red and make buns.On Friday the ‘Epitaph’
    is brought around the villages/towns with everyone following.In most parts of the country we roast the lamb on a spit outdoors on Easter Sunday.There are lots of other religious traditions around the country and we all try to have fun.
    I’m looking forward to your next post with Easter idms.Happy Easter Holiday and enjoy yourselves!!

  7. Dear Shanthi

    It has been very pleasurable to read your posts! This one about Easter and its traditions in the UK has brought very relevant vocabulary and sweet family talk. :)
    By the way, regarding vocabulary, I find your “invention” so appropriate and as sweet as the chocolate bunnies! I think you’ve combined the adjective “delicious” with the verb “relish”, haven’t you?
    Dear Shanti, enjoy the Easter holidays and have some relaxation near your family and lovely pet Buster icluded! You live in such a beautiful area I miss… Yet, revisiting William Wordsworth I do feel at home. :)

    Yours friendly,
    Maria do Céu

    • Dear Maria,
      What a lovely note! Yes, “delish” is a mix of delicious and relish.
      I too wish you a most wonderful Easter with your family. I am looking forward to discovering Wordsworth’s and Beatrix Potter’s country.
      Lovely to meet you.
      Shanthi

  8. My favourite local bakery (I live in Alberta) has started making Cranberry Orange Hot Cross Buns, which I adore, because I’m not such a fan of raisins. And unfortunately, as much as I love lamb, it’s VERY expensive here, so we usually have ham instead.

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  11. Hi there
    I don’t know a thing about Passover. I’m ashamed too. But I take the advantage to tell you about the traditional catalan cake that we eat in Easter monday “La Mona de Pascua”.
    The traditional Easter cake La Mona de Pascua is something that cannot be forgotten during the Easter in Barcelona also known as Semana Santa.
    La Mona de Pascua is a typical Easter cake made during the Easter holidays in many Spanish regions like Valencia, Catalonia, Murcia, or Aragon.
    This delicious cake symbolizes that the Lent abstinence is over and La Mona de Pascua is traditionally given by a godfather and godmother to their godchildren at Easter.

    bye

    • Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tradition with us, Jaime. Next time, please send me a sample to taste!!!
      Shanthi

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