The name "Easter" (and the German name for it: Ostern) comes from Eostre, the ancient name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.
The name used in some other European countries is derived from the name of the Hebrew festival called the Passover (French: Pâques, Italian: Pasqua, Spanish: Pascua).
The date of Easter changes each year, it's celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox which this year is today 16 April (note that Easter is celebrated on different dates by the Eastern Orthodox churches)
Egg rolling at the White House
There are many traditions associated with Easter, for instance, exchanging and eating Easter eggs is a traditional custom in many countries.
In the UK before they were replaced by chocolate Easter eggs real eggs were used, in most cases, chicken eggs. The eggs were hard-boiled and dyed in various colours and patterns. The traditionally bright colours represented spring and light. Nowadays not many parents would risk giving a child a hard-boiled egg on Easter Sunday.
But, though I've yet to see it in real life, egg rolling could become my favourite.
It's an older more traditional game, in which real eggs were rolled against one another or down a hill. The owner of the egg that stayed uncracked the longest won. Even today in the north of England, for example in neighbouring Preston, they still carry out the custom of egg rolling. The YouTube video below shows hollow eggs, wrapped in plastic bags, so as not to lose any of the chocolate as the eggs are rolled down slopes to see which goes furthest.
And egg rolling is an annual event at The White House, but due to the lack of a hill, large wooden spoons are used to propel the egg along. Looks like fun.
Perhaps this should be a tradition worth reintroducing here in Formby?
The YouTube video below shows hollow eggs, sometimes wrapped in plastic bags, so as not to lose any of the chocolate as the eggs are rolled down slopes to see which goes furthest.
Enjoy the rest of the Easter Bank Holiday long weekend.