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EASTER Made by Bormotova N. E. Teacher of English
Easter is the festival that occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring. Easter marks the end of winter and beginning of spring.
People buy new clothes to wear on Easter Sunday. There is a popular belief that wearing three new things at Easter will bring good luck in the year. After church services many people like to take walks down the streets in their new Easter hats and suits. This colorful procession of people dressed in bright new spring clothes is called the Easter Parade.
Do you know Easter symbol? They are: the Cross, the Egg, the Rabbit, the Easter-egg tree. The Cross. It has a special meaning to Christians. It represents Christ’s victory over death. It is a significant Easter symbol.
Long ago some people believed that the earth appeared from gigantic egg! On Easter Sunday families and friends exchange chocolate eggs. This custom dates back to ancient times when Egyptians and Persian used to paint eggs in bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring and give them to friends as a symbol of new life.
It is t rue that in ancient Egypt the rabbit symbolized the moon, new life and birth. All around the world, many children believe that the Easter rabbit brings eggs and hides them for children on Easter morning.
The Germans were the first to make an Easter-egg tree. First, they carefully pricked a hole at the end of the shell and blew out the inside of the egg. Then they colored and decorated the shells and hung them on the tree outdoors. German settlers in Pennsylvania brought the custom of the Easter-egg tree to America.
One of the oldest Good Friday customs is eating hot cross buns. These small sweet buns, marked with a cross of white icing, may have originated in pre-Christian times. Early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans marked their loaves of bread with symbols to honor their gods and goddesses. Another belief was that eating hot cross buns on Good Friday, it’s the day before Easter Sunday, served to protect the home from fire.
Morris Dancing Morris dancing is a traditional English form of folk dance which is also performed in other English-speaking countries such as the USA and Australia. The roots of morris dancing seem to be very old, probably dating back to the Middle Ages. In the dance men dress up in costumes with hats and ribbons and bells around their ankles.
Dressing Up For Easter Easter was once a traditional day for getting married, that may be why people often dress up for Easter. Women would make and wear special Easter bonnets - decorated with flowers and ribbons. Even today in Battersea in London there is a special Easter Parade, where hand-made bonnets are shown off.
Two traditional Easter egg games are the Easter Egg Roll and the Easter Egg Hunt. The rules of an Easter Egg Roll are to see who can roll a hard-boiled egg the greatest distance or can make the roll without breaking it, usually down a grassy hillside or slope. Perhaps the most famous egg rolling takes place on the White House Lawn in Washington. Hundreds of children come with baskets filled with bright decorated eggs and roll them down hopping the president of the United States is watching the fun.
: The custom of an Easter Egg Hunt began because children believed that rabbit brings eggs and hides them for children. He is very shy. He comes at night, and no one ever sees him. Today on Easter Sunday, children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of sweets. He has hidden the eggs that they decorated earlier that week. Children hunt for the eggs all around the house and the child who finds the most eggs wins a prize.
1. What does Easter mark? 2. What is a popular belief concerning new clothes on Easter? 3. What are symbols of Easter? 4. What do eggs symbolize? 5. To what countries goes the tradition of exchanging eggs? 6. What does rabbit symbolize? 7. What are traditional Easter games?
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