EASTER is nearly here, marking one of the most important days in the Christian calendar. And during Lent, other festivities will be take place before the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. When is Good Friday? This year, Good Friday falls on Friday, April 19. In different traditions, the date is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday. It marks the start of the Easter long weekend, which includes Easter Monday on April 2, 2018. The date changes every year as Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Spring Equinox. Is Good Friday a bank holiday? Good news, Good Friday is a bank holiday, so for many people it marks the beginning of their Easter weekend. Monday, April 22 is also a bank holiday, but not every workplace will give employees these two Easter dates off. Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s … [Read more...] about When is Good Friday 2018, is it a UK bank holiday and which part of the Easter story does it honour?
THE Easter Holidays are coming up and families across the UK will be packing their bags for a spring getaway. Here's what you need to know for the coming school year. When are the Easter holidays 2019? Term dates vary from school to school, but most follow roughly the same schedule. In many areas, schools are breaking for Easter on Friday, April 5, and return on Monday, April 22. But some dates may vary for voluntary aided and foundation schools, and independent schools set their own timetables. What are the dates of the summer term? The summer break runs from Thursday, July 25, with pupils returning on Tuesday, September 3. As with the Easter break, these dates will vary depending on the school. SCHOOL'S BACK February half term 2019 is over for most with the next school break at Easter ReviewJAMIE EAST AT THE MOVIES The Kid Who Would Be King will thrill the family this half-term RevealedNEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Discover half term fun with Lego Movie 2, nature hunts and toboggans PRICE OF … [Read more...] about When are the Easter holidays 2019 and what are the dates of the summer term? Full UK school timetable revealed
OSTARA is one of eight pagan holidays that make up the Wheel of the Year. Here's everything you need to know about the festival, which took place on March 20. What is Ostara? Put simply, Ostara is another name for the Spring Equinox or Vernal Equinox. In the northern hemisphere, spring began on March 20. Wiccans and other neopagans celebrate the seasonal change with the Ostara holiday. Some people argue that the Ostara tradition comes from ancient Celtic and Saxon spring holidays - which were later merged with the Christian festival of Easter. Others reckon these neopagan holidays are modern creations. Whichever the truth, many religions celebrate holidays at this time of the year - including the Hindu Holi festival of colours, Jewish Purim, Sikh Hola Mohalla and Christian Easter. Ostara, or Eostra, is also the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess who represents dawn. Dubbed the Spring Maiden and Horned God, she oversees the budding of the plants, fertility of the Earth, and … [Read more...] about Spring equinox 2019 rituals – what happens at Stonehenge on March 20 and what is Ostara?
VALENTINE'S Day is done for another year. But there's another "celebration" for couples taking place today. Here's the lowdown on Steak and B*****b Day 2019... When is Steak and B*****b Day 2019 and where did it come from? Steak and B*****b day is a satirical holiday that started life as a meme online. It was supposedly created in the US as a "male response to Valentine's Day" and it is celebrated a month later, on March 14 (TODAY). The idea of the day gained so much momentum that now some have dubbed it the unofficial "Valentine's Day for men". Punters can now even purchase Steak and B*****b Day cards from some stores. According to the "official" Steak and B*****b Day website, the day is there to highlight how "men work hard to satisfy their lovers on Valentine’s Day, and, given their ebullient dedication, Steak and BJ Day 2019 is an opportunity to repay the favour". It says "men feel a tad left out, they're just too proud or too embarrassed to admit it". The date for the day in … [Read more...] about Steak and B*****b Day 2019 is TODAY! What is it and why is it called the men’s Valentine’s Day?
PUT the Easter Eggs on standby and dig out your best bonnet because Easter 2019 is just around the corner. Here's all you need to know about the big day, including exactly when we will be celebrating Easter Sunday this year and why the date annually changes... When is Easter 2019? Unlike Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day which all fall on fixed dates, Easter can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25. In 2019 it falls on Sunday, April 21. Good Friday is therefore April 19, and the Easter Monday bank holiday is on April 22. The date is decided by a complex set of calculations based on observations of the moon. In early Christianity, different churches used different methods, leading to disagreements which remain unresolved centuries later. Eastern and Western churches continue to celebrate Easter according to different calendars, although sometimes by chance the festivals coincide. When do the schools break up for Easter 2019? Schools usually get around two … [Read more...] about When is Easter 2019, how is the holiday’s date decided and why does it change every year?