As Easter approaches and children across London get ready to tuck in to chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and well earned holiday, we thought we should take a little look at some of the best Easter traditions as well as so me of the slightly more unusual ways to celebrate Easter this year.
When thinking of Easter the first thing that pops into the mind is an Easter Egg. But why? The answer is that Easter is rooted in religion and is a symbol of new life or resurrection. The Christian story talks of how Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ. Other people suggest that the egg represents the boulder of the tomb of Jesus.
Eggs have been used as symbols of Easter of hundreds of years, traditionally people would use dye or paint chicken eggs with perhaps the most famous eggs decorator of all being Fabergé. He created exquisite jewelled Easter eggs for the Russian Imperial Court with many of his creations containing hidden surprises such as clock-work birds, or miniature ships. They are now exceptionally precious and should be kept in safe storage.
We would encourage fans of egg decorating to get the paints out to see what wonderful designs they can create – or just have fun making a big mess with the kids. Perhaps you can store away some of the best creations so they can come out again at big birthday milestones or to celebrate Easter in years to come?
Today most Easter eggs are chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with sweets inside. The tradition is for children to find eggs on Easter morning, many of whom have been told that told they were left by the Easter Bunny!
Another tradition particularly in Scotland, the north of England and Northern Ireland is egg rolling where children roll eggs down hillsides. This tradition was taken to the New World by European settlers and continues to this day each Easter on the White House lawn.
Decorating Easter trees is another festive holiday custom. With its “roots” in Germany, the traditional “trees” were branches in a vase hung with brightly coloured eggs. Today many homes hang the painted or dyed Easter eggs and other decorations on real trees in their front garden to add a colourful touch and a festive spirit to the whole town. Although you may not want to keep a branch in self storage, we would be really happy to help store the decorations (along with your Christmas decorations) at any of our sites in Wandsworth,Camden or Southwark.
One of our Easter favourites are hot cross buns! Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” is said at the time. We would happily share hot cross buns with any of our self storage customers!
In other parts of the world Easter Traditions seem a little more quirky. For example, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, a tradition of spanking or whipping is carried out on Easter Monday. In the morning, men spank women with a special handmade whip called a pomlázka (in Czech) or korbáč (in Slovak), or, in eastern Moravia and Slovakia, throw cold water on them. The spanking is not painful or intended to cause suffering but the legend suggests that women should be spanked in order to keep their health and beauty during whole next year. In some regions, the women can get revenge in the afternoon or the following day when they can pour a bucket of cold water on any man.
However you plan to celebrate, even if it is just relaxing at home over the holiday period, Easter is all about new beginnings. So clear out some space, put your belongings into self storage for safekeeping (we have sites at Southwark, Camden and Wandsworth to help!), put a new lick of paint on the walls and get that fresh new feeling ready for summer. You’ll feel like a new person!