Before Easter there is Lent, this lasts forty days. Shrove Tuesday means the end of the carnival and the fast begins on the next day - on Ash Wednesday. In Britain it is a day full of joy and everyone eat pancakes. That day is also named Pancake Day. On Ash Wednesday the Christians go to church and the priests sprinkle the ash on their heads. The last Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday and that day the Holy Week begins. On Palm Sunday the worshippers are carrying the crosses made of palm trees.

There is also an old custom cultivated on Easter Thursday. It is called Maundy Thursday, when some elderly and poor people are given some presents by the Queen Mother. They get special coins which are minted for that day. The number of people who are given the coins means the age of the Queen. This kind of tradition is cultivated in chosen cathedrals.

Good Friday, which is preceded by Maundy Thursday, is a day free of work. The Christians eat a special meal that day. They are hot buns, which contain currants and have a cross on them. It is a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The main day of Easter is Easter Sunday, when the Christian celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the old tradition says the Christians eat Easter eggs, which are the symbols of life. Most families spend some time together and gather during the dinner to set up the egg hunts. There is a lot of fun, when children are looking for colourful eggs hidden everywhere at home or in the garden. Children are also given small presents such as chocolate eggs or small chicks and rabbits. Before Easter the British usually send Easter cards to the friends and family.

The last day of Easter is called Easter Monday and is often considered as the first day of tourist season.