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Hi everyone, I'm Gina.
After Christmas, the second biggest religious event of the year in the UK is Easter. Even for people who don't celebrate Easter as a religious observance, it is an important time of the year. The date changes every year, but it always coincides with the start of spring.
In this lesson, you're going to learn about Easter and how it is celebrated.
How many chocolate eggs are eaten in the UK at Easter?
We’ll show you the answer at the end of this video.
At Easter, we give each other eggs. Eggs symbolise the resurrection and new life of Jesus Christ following his Crucifixion. When this tradition started, it was bird eggs painted in bright colours that were given. Now, we give chocolate eggs to each other, and especially to children, that often have even more chocolate inside.
A popular activity at Easter is to hold an Easter Egg Hunt. Small eggs are hidden in an area, usually a garden or public place such as a school, and then people try to find them. The eggs can be real eggs that have been hard-boiled and painted, or small chocolate eggs.
Schools will hold many events and competitions related to Easter and one of the most famous is the Easter Bonnet Parade. For this, hats are decorated with Easter-related decorations, such as eggs, chicks and rabbits. There are egg rolling competitions where hard boiled eggs are rolled down a slide or a hill and the egg that travels the furthest without breaking apart wins. Also, there are egg decorating competitions.
At Christmas it is Santa Claus that brings the presents but at Easter, it is the Easter Bunny that brings the eggs. Chocolate figures in the shape of bunnies are popular gifts at Easter, alongside the traditional eggs.
And now I'll give you the answer to the earlier quiz.
How many chocolate eggs are eaten in the UK at Easter?
Around 80 million eggs are eaten by Brits at Easter. This is particularly impressive for a country that has a population of only 63 million people!
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