Many Britons will be looking forward to an extended break at Easter with two bank holidays rolled into one weekend. Easter signals the end of Lent and is traditionally celebrated by gifting chocolate eggs and spending time with family. The Friday before Easter is known as Good Friday and is a bank holiday.
When is Good Friday 2019?
This year Good Friday is on April 19.
Good Friday is a bank holiday in the UK which means most people will have the day off work.
Some Christians chose to go to church on Good Friday as it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross.
Good Friday is also known as Black Friday, Holy Friday and Great Friday and is always the Friday before Easter weekend.
When is Easter this year?
Easter weekend starts on Good Friday and runs through to Easter Monday.
Easter is known is a moveable feast which means the date it is celebrated on changes every year.
That is because it is based on a lunar calendar and is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after March 21.
This year Easter Sunday is on April 21.
Easter Sunday is a Christian festival that marks the day Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion.
While some people chose to attend church on Easter Sunday, nowadays the spring festival is celebrated in a variety of modern ways.
How is Easter celebrated?
Chocolate Easter eggs are a popular Easter gift because they symbolise new life and the rebirth of Christ.
Many people take part in Easter egg hunts for chocolate eggs or give cards to friends and family.
Roast lamb is a popular dish to eat in Britain at Easter, as it is in season.
The day after Easter Sunday is Easter Monday which is on April 22 this year.
Easter Monday is also a bank holiday and is celebrated by Christian communities across the globe.
Most Britons will have the day off on Easter Monday which will mark the final day on Easter weekend.