Easter, celebrated this year on the 31st of March is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar. Filled with tradition, Easter is a great time of year to get together with loved ones, and a perfect excuse to gorge all weekend! It is believed that originally Easter got its name from the Goddess of Spring “Eostre.” Some believed that worshipping her would bring around the sun again in Spring, after it had died in the Winter. In later years, Easter Day was traditionally given to the first Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of Spring. This means that Easter can be as early as the 22nd March or as late as the 25th April. Modern Easter customs range from eating hot cross buns on Good Friday to giving and receiving decorated eggs on Easter Sunday, which was formerly known as ‘Egg Sunday’. For the last 100 years in Britain, it has been tradition to give children chocolate eggs, and it has become popular to hide them in Easter Egg ‘hunts’. In many cultures parents tell children that the eggs have been delivered by the ‘Easter Bunny’ a character who also originated from the Goddess Eostre, who had a hare as her companion. The festival is typically celebrated with families, so use it as an excuse to spoil those around you, whether it’s chocolate eggs for the children or even just flowers for a partner or loved one. Why not use the time off work to get creative and make your own eggs? Will they be as perfect as the shop bought ones? Probably not! But it’s a great way to get kids involved and have fun as a family. If you fancy getting out the house then there are hundreds of Easter events going on including mass egg hunts, quiz trails and creative workshops. If you’re setting your sights further afield then use the incentive of the bank holiday to escape for a break from home. More than 2 million of us are expected to head overseas this Easter weekend, so whether you decide to take a long vacation or a short break somewhere more local then make sure you make the most of a well-deserved break. There are so many beautiful places you can spend the weekend, letting the family experience the magic of Easter somewhere different. However and wherever you spend your time at Easter this year, we hope that you and your loved ones have a great break, celebrate together and most importantly, relax!