ENGLISH EASTER, HALLOWEEN
– beginning in spring and the end to cold winter. What does “EASTER” come from? “Easter” comes from “Easter” – the name of the Goddess of Dawn. Dawn signifies the rebirth of the day, as well as the Easter marks the rebirth of the spring. Now the christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. What are the symbols of this holiday? In the Pagan times the eggs were the symbols of fertility, rebirth. Since the 14th century the eggs have been forbidden during lent. They can be given to children on Easter Sunday (hard – boiled – colored). How are eggs decorated? In England, eggs were often dyed red to represent sun and fire. Later this color meant the blood of Christ. When chocolate was just beginning to become popular in the 19th century in France and Germany, the first chocolate eggs were made. Besides the chocolates eggs the British Hot Cross Buns – it is a kind of spicy tea-cake eaten hot with lots of butter.
Halloween means “holy evening”, and takes place on 31st October.
It is much more important festival in the USA than in Britain, but is celebrated by many people in UK. It’s connected with ghosts and witches. At parties people dress up in strange costumes. They cut horrible faces in potatoes and other vegetables and put candle inside it.