The UK gets Good Friday and Easter Monday off. Excuse me, Easter Monday, what? Never heard of it before.
But apparently it’s a thing here, and it makes for a nice long holiday weekend to have lots of random Easter celebrations.
Source: TNT Magazine
A few of the fun things that happen in London include the Big Egg Hunt, which starts as early as February! More than 200 giant eggs are hidden throughout the city, and I think there’s some sort of contest in which if you locate a certain number of them, you’re entered into a prize drawing for a fair chunk of change.
There are some really interesting designs, from artistic to quirky to 23.5-carat-gold-encrusted lavish. (It is branded the Faberge Big Egg Hunt, after all.) I’ve only seen one about town, but check out some of the designs in the Telegraph’s photo gallery here.
Yesterday, A and I were sitting outside the National Gallery overlooking Trafalgar Square, which was apparently the endpoint for the annual Easter Bunny Stroll. This is only one of several Easter weekend events sponsored by London Friday Night Skate, called the Easter Skate Eggstravaganza.
This is my first time spending Thanksgiving outside the States, and it makes me realize how much I love this holiday. It’s timed so perfectly—it kicks off the holiday season with reminders of all there is to be thankful for, with full stomachs and hearts, with family and food and friends! I mean, what more do you need in life??
So I’m kind of sad that I have to spend Thanksgiving writing a paper and going to class. I’m going out to dinner in the evening with a friend’s group of friends—in other words, a bunch of people I haven’t met yet, and I don’t think there will be many Americans. Nonetheless, I’m secretly planning to spring an icebreaker of “What I’m thankful for” on them and force them into celebrating American Thanksgiving, hee hee. I’ll let you know how it goes.
My London-related Thanksgiving list:
- Thankful for fast friends who’ve filled my first two months with memorable moments.
- Thankful for the wonders of Skype (iChat, Google+, etc.) to help me keep in touch with friends and family back home! (Miss you all!!!)
- Thankful that I still have eight months to explore this city and Europe!
- Thankful for my church community (and to have found it so quickly).
- Thankful for spontaneous moments of grace.
- Thankful that I live near Hyde Park—and that the weather’s still good for jogging outdoors!
- Thankful to see the sky out my window.
- Thankful to be pest-free (I’ve had too many mice for roommates in NYC)!
- Thankful for my kettle and many cups of tea.
- Thankful to finally be in the city that I’ve dreamed of living in for years—and that it’s been even more amazing than I hoped!