A holiday enjoyed by families every year, Easter is a time for friends, food and having fun. Rooted in religion, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For 40 days before Easter Sunday, Christians observe Lent through fasting or cutting out certain indulgent foods. Easter also coincides with the arrival of spring, so many age-old pagan festivals occurred around this time too. This explains why Easter celebrations nowadays are as much about the arrival of a new season as they are about a Christian observance.
Chocolate Easter eggs have become synonymous with this time of year. Incredibly popular, they tend to be found in the shops as soon as Christmas is over. The religious basis for eating eggs at Easter is that they symbolise the empty tomb of Jesus. However, eggs are also symbols of new life, associated with the spring season.