Easter  – whether you celebrate Easter through Church or chocolate, we have some fun facts to share with you…

Easter is also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday and is the Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as happening on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans; this day is Easter Sunday. The week before Easter is known as Holy Week, and includes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, marking the death of Jesus on the cross.

The week before Easter is known as Holy Week, and includes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, marking the death of Jesus on the cross.

The name Easter itself is widely accepted to come from the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess called Eostre or Eastre, the goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.

 

Happy Easter

 

So, why does Easter fall on different dates each year? This is because the dates are calculated using the lunar calendar, and after many centuries of debate and controversy, the dates are accepted to fall on the first full moon on or after the 21st of March. Also, Easter and many of its traditions and customs are strongly connected to the Jewish festival of Passover, in fact, in many languages, the word for ‘Easter’ and ‘Passover’ are the same or very similar. The chancel area of churches is often decorated with the Easter lily, which is a symbol of the resurrection.

Also, Easter and many of its traditions and customs are strongly connected to the Jewish festival of Passover, in fact, in many languages, the word for ‘Easter’ and ‘Passover’ are the same or very similar. The chancel area of churches is often decorated with the Easter lily, which is a symbol of the resurrection.

Many of the current ways of celebrating Easter have their foundations in customs that are centuries old. It just wouldn’t be Easter without the huge range of chocolate eggs we all know and love, with the hollow egg representing the empty tomb of Jesus. However,  the tradition of giving eggs at the time of Easter has been traced back to the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life. Even today the art of decorating hollow chicken eggs is enjoyed by so many, especially children.

However,  the tradition of giving eggs at the time of Easter has been traced back to the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life. Even today the art of decorating hollow chicken eggs is enjoyed by so many, especially children.

If you have a few extra pennies this year, you could always celebrate Easter in the same way as the Russian royal family, who presented Baron Edouard de Rothschild with a beautiful engagement gift of a Faberge egg worth an incredible £9 million! It comes complete with a jewelled cockerel that pops up and makes a crowing sound – now that’s one egg you wouldn’t want to crack!

It’s been estimated that 43% of children ( and a few adults too!) just find it too hard to resist temptation and have already eaten their first egg before Easter Sunday, and 20% admit to making themselves ill from eating too much chocolate. With each child getting an average of just over 8 Easter eggs each, that figure should probably be higher!

So whether you choose to attend a sunrise service at church or head out to one of the many Easter egg hunts around, or of course, join us at Harpers for a family celebration, we wish you a very happy Easter.

Harpers Easter Prize Draw

Easter Prize Draw Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered in our exciting Easter Prize Draw. We’re pleased to announce the winners as:

1st Prize: Easter Hamper – Laurence Conisbee

2nd Prize: Large Cadburys Easter Egg – Claire Andrews

3rd Prize: Trio of Easter Products – Sarah Sharpe

Congratulations everyone! Those of you who missed out, we’ll be launching some new exciting offers very soon, so keep an eye out for our emails and visit the blog.

 

Easter Opening Timings

Please note: Harpers Easter opening timings are as follows:

Friday 14th April (Good Friday) – 10-4pm

Saturday 15th April – 9-5pm

Sunday 16th April (Easter Sunday)  – 10-4pm

Monday 17th April (Bank Holiday) – 10-4pm