Re: Happy Holidays

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Posted by Helena [11599.10002] on December 11, 2011 at 15:18:06:

In Reply to: Re: Happy Holidays posted by samm [1003.7683] on December 09, 2011 at 23:04:23:

The Easter bread you described fascinated me and I reckoned
it was from either Italy or somewhere in Eastern Europe
because they have a lot more religious food specialities than
we do, and sure enough I found recipes for it from Italy and
Serbia. It wasn't eaten until the actual Easter celebrations
because it contained ingredients you couldn't have during
Lent and was sometimes taken to church to be blessed.

Our Mothering Sunday has a long history, it was celebrated in
pre-Christian times at the vernal equinox, then, presumably
because the timing co-incided with Easter, as a day in the
middle of lent when people went to their mother church, then
as a day when servants were allowed to go home to see their
mother's and take them a Simnel cake and has now become
Mother's Day which is a huge marketing opportunity! Simnel
cakes and Hot Cross buns are probably the only specific
Easter food items we have.

I have to laugh at the thought of green beer. I wonder if the
same people who were certain the milk shake was
peppermint think the same of the beer!

I think your Memorial Day is similar to our Remembrance
Sunday and we've also again started to hold ceremonies on
Armistice Day, but nothing special is sold apart from

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