Monday, 9 April 2012

And finally, our English Easter traditions!

I find it much harder to talk about English culture than Swedish which is strange right? Especially since I'm English?

But I think the reason is that when you learn about a new culture it's exciting and everything is new and previously unknown whereas I have grown up with English culture so it's harder to really describe it because it's just what we do without thinking.
But I cannot post about Swedish and French Easter traditions without a bit about my homeland, which of course means the customary image of a bell clad Morris Dancer!
Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

Morris dancing is of course an English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers whilst wielding (and waving) implements such as sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells.

When I was at school it was compulsory for all children to learn how to Morris dance and so once a week we practised in the freezing cold assembly hall in preparation for our 'big reveal' in front of the parents at the annual school fete.

I was incredibly surprised to learn from my (Swedish) husband that he has no idea what Morris dancing is!?  How is that possible?

Another tradition is the Easter Bonnet.  Easter was once a traditional day for getting married, that may be why people often dress up for Easter. Women would make and wear special Easter bonnets - decorated with flowers and ribbons.

In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.

                                                                                                                    Berlin 1933

Nowadays, children make Easter Bonnets or little egg filled Easter baskets at school to give to their parents.

I have to also show a picture of my sweet little crocheted chick.  I didn't make it myself but I think it would be pretty easy to.  This one is an egg cosy and you know how much us Brits like to have a cosy for our eggs, teapots, feet, hands, tissue boxes, toilet rolls (true) and just about anything else that would benefit from a woollen exterior.
And lastly the 'extremely tasty when toasted' Hot Cross Buns mmmmmmm.

Hot cross buns, now eaten throughout the Easter season, were first baked in England to be served on Good Friday. These small, lightly sweet yeast buns contain raisins or currants and sometimes chopped candied fruit. A cross is added to the top to represent the Crucifixion.

An old rhyme was often sung by children awaiting their tasty buns:

"Hot cross buns,
hot cross buns,
one a penny, two a penny,
hot cross buns.
If you do not like them,
give them to your sons,
one a penny, two a pen
hot cross buns."


  1. Oooh I love the Morris Dancers!!!

  2. Can you do Morris Dancing with your wiggly son? Maybe it's too late this year since Easter has already passed. Thanks for another great post :).


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