For Christians around the world it is the day of the perfect sacrifice, a day of redemption. A day that is marked by the reading of the passion otherwise known as the story of Jesus’s death. One of the most important days in the Christian calander.
For the none religious amongst us we need to have good friday otherwise we cannot have easter to celebrate. A resurrection cannot occur without first a death.
For children it is a time of fun and time to eat as much chocolate as they can get their hands on, but why eggs?
Even before Christianity, the egg was seen as a symbol of Spring, a celebration of the rebirth and reinvigoration after the harshness of winter. As were rabbits and hares these carry over into the Easter period for pagans. A carry on from the celebration of Ostara (Spring Equinox)
Eggs would be stained red to symbolise Christs death and cracked open days later to signify the empty tomb.
Chocolate eggs are a relatively new phenomenon, originating in France and Germany in the 19th century. The most desirable are the Russian Faberge eggs.
Have a happy bank holiday whether you are celebrating Easter or just a few days rest.