Tuesday, 13 April 2010


Residents of Asbury House had a very good time on Sunday, 4th of April. They celebrated Easter with a good lunch, drinks and Easter cakes.

After lunch children had fun with the Easter Egg Hunt around the house. And at the evening everybody enjoyed some games organised by Colby and Leihlyn in the common room.

Easter Traditions in UK

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday. For many Christians, this is a period of fasting and repentance in preparation for Easter, culminating in a feast of seasonal and symbolic foods.

Simnel Cake
In the late 17th century, girls in service brought a rich fruit cake called simnel cake home to their mothers on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The cake was enriched with marzipan and decorated with 11 marzipan balls representing the 12 apostles minus Judas, who betrayed Christ

Hot cross buns
The Greeks and Egyptians ate small cakes or buns in honour of the respective goddesses that they worshipped. Buns marked with a cross were eaten by the Saxons to honour their goddess Eostre - it is thought the bun represented the moon and the cross the moon's quarters. To Christians, the cross symbolises the crucifixion.

Easter eggs
Throughout history, eggs have been associated with Easter celebrations. In ancient times, the egg was a symbol of fertility and new beginnings. Christians adopted this to represent their Saviour's resurrection.
The tradition of colouring eggs in bright colours - representing the sunlight of spring - goes back to the Middle Ages and is still an important custom for many Christians. In Germany it's traditional to paint eggs green and eat them on Maundy Thursday while in Greek and Slavic cultures eggs are dyed red as a symbol of the blood of Christ.
As time has gone on, the decoration has become more elaborate with colourful patterns, images of flora and fauna, and in some cases delicate gold and silver leaf details. The most famous and ornate of Easter eggs must be the jewelled and enamelled eggs that Fabergé was commissioned to make for the Russian tsars.

Rabbit and lamb
Another traditional symbol of Easter is the rabbit. Known for its fertility, it symbolises new life. The lamb was adopted from the lamb sacrificed at Jewish Passover and for Christians it came to signify Christ's death on the cross.

Egg hunt
is a game during which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial ones filled with, or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden for children to find, both indoors and outdoors.
When the hunt is over, prizes may be given for the largest number of eggs collected, or for the largest or the smallest egg.
Font: www.bbc.co.uk/food/news_and_events/events_eastertraditions.shtml

Bread by Rene

Tomb Cake by Leihlyn

Simnel Cake by Maggie

Leihlyn explaining the meanings of the cakes for the children

Egg Hunt

Egg Hunt

Games with Colby

Egg and Spoon Race


Rene said...

Easter was a great time. Thanks to all!

Jay said...

I love these photo since could see lovely AOH friends and different corners of AOH. It is my second home in my life. will always miss...