Easter - Pâques - Pascua!

While learning a new language, it doesn’t take long for cultural differences to pop up. Sometimes they give a pleasant jolt to your ordinary perspective. Culture and language are inseparable. They go hand in hand and today we are going to teach you some Easter celebrations in Great Britain - France - España

Easter - Great Britain:

Although Easter Sunday is not formally defined as a bank holiday in the United Kingdom, it is a day off for most people because it falls on a Sunday. In the UK, it is common to use the term bank holiday to refer to all public holidays.

On Easter Day people give each other chocolate Easter eggs and Easter bunnies or hollow plastic or cardboard eggs filled with candy. Egg hunts, a traditional Easter game where children try to find hidden Easter eggs, take place all over the UK. According to popular legend, the Easter bunny hides the eggs.

In some parts of the United Kingdom, people organise egg rolls, a game where they roll hard-boiled eggs down slopes. In another variation of the game, people knock hard-boiled eggs against other peoples' eggs. The winner is the person whose egg remains whole. After the game, the eggs are eaten. 

Pâques - France:

What could the people of France possibly be telling their children when Easter morning arrives? Well, it all has to do with a special day called Silent Saturday. The explanation told to children is that the bells have stopped ringing because they have actually come out of their towers to fly to Rome to see the Pope. When the bells return to France, they drop coloured eggs and bundles of candy for all of the children to enjoy.

Every year on Easter Monday, around 10,000 people gather to make a giant omelette, made with 15,000 fresh eggs, a four-meter pan, 40 cooks, and extra long sticks.

This rather bizarre tradition is in recognition of when Napoleon Bonaparte and his army once spent the night near the town. After eating (and evidently very much enjoying) an omelette made by a local innkeeper, Napoleon ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the village to make a gigantic omelette for his army to eat the next day. 

French people also do “La chasse aux oeufs”. One of the most famous chasses aux oeufs in France takes place at the Chateaux Vaux le Vicomte near Paris.

Pascua - España:

Spain is well-renowned for its Semana Santa or Holy Week traditions. A common feature of Easter celebrations in Spain is the ubiquitous use of the "nazareno" or penitential robe for use in processions, representing the Christian sacrament of penance, or reconciliation with God.

On "Domingo de Pascua" (‘Easter Sunday’), it is traditional in Spanish culture for a godfather to present his godchild with a cake known as "La Mona de Pascua".

The word Mona is derived from the Moroccan term meaning "gift" and the word "Pascua" from Spanish for Easter (la Pascua de Resurrección). Easter eggs are called huevo de Pascua.

Another popular Spanish Easter dish is the "torrijas". This is a blend of slices of bread soaked in milk, sugar and egg, then fried in olive oil. The dish is served along with wine, syrup, honey, sugar or cinnamon for an extra touch of the festive spirit.

Let us know in the comment section how you are celebrate Easter in your country! Happy Easter! / Felices Pascuas! / Joyeuse Pâques!

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