Easter in Ireland
In Ireland preparation for Easter usually starts on the first day of Lent, forty days before . From the first day of Lent Irish people would usually also “give up” something they cherish such as a favourite food, alcohol, cigarettes or and even television.
On Good Friday many people would attend confessions asking for forgiveness, have their hair cut, nails trimmed and would also shop for new clothes to be worn to Easter mass.
Easter Sunday is an occasion for Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which occurred after his crucifixion according to Christian belief. Many people in Ireland spend the day with family and friends.
Young lambs, spring flowers, eggs and birds are generally symbols of Easter in Ireland. As in many other countries, Easter eggs made of chocolate or candy are popular. Traditionally, people will wear new clothes on Easter Sunday. It is not uncommon for young girls to wear green hair ribbons, a yellow dress, and white shoes. Others may pin little crosses made of green, yellow and white ribbons on their right sleeves. These colours and new clothes signify purity and a new start to life.
Public life is generally quiet on Easter Sunday. As on all Sundays, banks, post offices and many businesses and organizations are closed. Stores and pubs may be open or closed, even if they are usually open on Sundays. Public transport usually runs to a normal Sunday timetable and congestion is unlikely.
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