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Easter celebrations
From Easter egg hunts to bonnet parades, Easter is a time for celebration and gathering together with family and friends. And for some, a time to enjoy the things they have given up for Lent. Delicious chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, simnel cake… just a few of the seasonal treats enjoyed for Easter celebrations.


How did Easter begin?

Easter is one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, celebrating the victory of life over death. According to the Bible, Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and his resurrections three days later, was said to prove he was the true son of God. It also signifies the end of the Lenten period, observed by many Christians.

While Jesus was believed to have lived between 4 BC and 36 AD, many of our Easter traditions date back to Pagan times, with the word Easter coming from ‘Eostre’ – the Goddess of rebirth and Spring.

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When is Easter?

Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the first day of Spring – this is why it falls on a different date each year. Depending on when there’s the full moon, Easter can fall anytime between 21st March and 25th April. This year, Easter in the UK falls on Sunday 9th April 2023. You can see how much it varies by looking at the dates below:

  • 2023 – 9th April
  • 2024 – 31st March
  • 2025 – 20th April
  • Happy Easter sign

    The history of Easter eggs

    Hundreds of years ago, eggs were saved throughout Lent and eaten once again on Easter Sunday. Any eggs laid that week would be beautifully decorated and given to children as gifts. The Easter bunny hopped along a little later in the 1700s, with a tale from German folklore that said he laid colourful eggs in nests made especially by children – very similar to the Easter egg hunts we still enjoy today!

    As for chocolate Easter eggs, they appeared in the early 19th Century and were originally solid before Easter egg moulds evolved to create the chocolate shells we know and love today.

    Easter eggs in basket

    Easter chocolate to gift and share

    Here at Thorntons we have been crafting and hand-icing our delicious chocolate Easter eggs since 1922 – and that’s a lot of eggs! Over time, we’ve adapted and improved our recipes to bring you delicious eggs and fabulously crafted chocolate models – ideal as Easter gifts or as a prize in an egg hunt.

    Today, we still hand-ice our Easter treats… who wouldn’t appreciate an Easter egg with their name on it – then they know you’ve chosen it just for them! Or if you’re hosting a family gathering or want to really treat someone this Easter, take a look at our seasonal hampers, filled with delicious treats for all to share.

    Egg being personalised

    Why Thorntons

    For over a century, Thorntons has specialised in crafting high quality chocolate, sweets, toffee, fudge and other confectionery.

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