As you may or may not know, it’s Easter this weekend and for many people in the UK, including those at the London School of English, it means a few days off work.
We have bank holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday so it’s a four-day weekend. Easter is a Christian holiday which commemorates the death and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is one of the main Christian festivals of the year, but for people less religious it is often viewed as a nice break from their daily routine. People often take the opportunity to visit family or friends in other parts of the country or if they stay at home, spend some time in the garden or doing some DIY around the house.
There always seems to be a lot going on at Easter and this weekend is no exception. Not only is there the top of the Premiership clash between Manchester United and Chelsea, but also there is the Oxford v’s Cambridge boat race along the River Thames. This will be the 181st year the two universities have competed in the race and it draws many crowds to the riverside.
Personally, my favourite thing about Easter has to be the food and when I say food, I mean Chocolate Easter eggs. It’s common for people to spend all weekend giving, receiving and eating chocolate eggs and me being a bit of a chocoholic, I have to say that I love it. People often have big family meals and cook all sorts of delicious dishes and the most popular are lamb and fish. Overall, Easter is a happy time of the year for a lot of people although it’s nowhere near as big as the Christmas holiday.
- as you may or may not know - exp. a phrase used to introduce some information that is possibly new to some people
- to commemorate the death - collocation to keep alive and remember the memory of someone's death.
- to celebrate the resurrection - collocation to engage in festivities relating to dying and then returning to life.
- to do some DIY - collocation constructing and repairing things in your home yourself.
- a lot going on - expression many events happening
- no exception - expression not excluded from the general rule or pattern
- it draws many crowds to the riverside - expression many people are attracted to the riverside
- chocoholic - noun a person who loves and eats a lot of chocolate
- nowhere near - expression far from, used to emphasize the difference
By Ben Butler, from The London School of English
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