Many people celebrate Easter in different ways, some people religiously and some people celebrate with chocolate and bunnies. We’ve searched high and low for the events over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Traditionally, Good Friday is a Christian Holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The day, also known as Black Friday, Holy Friday or Great Friday, is always a Friday as it is suggested that Jesus was crucified on a Friday in AD 33. Easter Sunday is a celebrated day, as this is the day that it is said Jesus rose from the dead, absolving humans from their sins.
Good Friday: 10 am The Litergy of Good Friday
Easter Sunday, the Minster is holding services throughout the day, including Holy Communion at 8am, Sung Eucharist at 10am, and Evensong at 5.15pm to celebrate Easter, and anyone and everyone, religious or not, is welcome to join in the festivities.
Ever wondered why, at Easter, we are surrounded by images of the Easter bunny and go crazy for chocolate eggs? Well, it turns out that the image of the bunny comes from a Pagan tradition that celebrates the goddess Eostra who is said to represent spring and fertility. The rabbit is a symbol for the goddess due to its high reproduction rate, and the egg is representative of new life and rebirth, so there you go!
If you’re not the religious type there are many other activities happening around York for you and your family. The Lord Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt is on 7 April, and the hunt begins at the Jorvik centre at 10am. Here you’ll be given a few clues and hints to find eggs and treats that have been hidden around the city! The price of a ticket is only £1.50, and this ticket gives children free entry in to the Merchant Adventurers Hall as well. It’s bound to be an exciting hunt for chocolatey treats!
Between 12-15 April, the Easter Fayre will be situated on Parliament Street. With plenty of fine Yorkshire produced food, dainty craft stalls and other quirky stands it will definitely be worth a visit for you and all of the family. Whether you’re religious or not, York is definitely a place with plenty of things going on this Easter.