Here at Pexel we are all really excited about Easter – that might have something to do with the copious amounts of chocolate being consumed in the office, or the fact that we have a long weekend, but regardless, we can’t wait!
There has been a lot of chat in the office surrounding what’s on in Glasgow this weekend, our own Easter traditions and our own office celebrations – so we thought we would share them with you!
Easter traditions around the world
Our (newly promoted!) Project Manager, Silvia is from Romania, where they celebrate their Easter holiday after the Orthodox Easter Date, which this year falls on the 1st of May – so this is an early Easter for her!
Good Thursday is the traditional day for painting hard boiled eggs and in some parts of Romania like Bucovina, in the north, there is a tradition of colouring eggs with different geometrical patterns and floral motifs.
Easter Sunday is all about food! The Romanians eat Easter dishes such as ‘Pasca’, a traditional Easter cake; ‘Cozonac’, a walnut pound cake and lamb steak. There is also a kind of haggis called ‘drob’, a traditional Easter dish made from lamb and vegetables.
The coloured Easter eggs are eaten after the tradition of tapping the eggs between two people while the first person says “Hristos a inviat” (“Christ has risen”) and the second person responds with “Adevarat a inviat” (“He is risen indeed”).
While many of our employees originate from outside the UK, those who do come from around here have their own Easter traditions and memories:
- Every year in school we had competitions to see who could decorate an egg the best. They were then paraded. I never won. Then we all went home and drowned our sorrows with chocolate – Susannah, Data Analyst
- The kids received so many chocolate Easter eggs last year that they couldn’t possibly eat them all themselves! We decided to help them out by having an Easter fondue – we melted all the Easter eggs in one big pot and dipped in some strawberries and marshmallow. A much healthier way to eat chocolate!? – Alison, Company Accountant
- I remember painting boiled eggs and rolling them down a hill, whoever had the best painted one and who’s made it down the hill without completely breaking won! – Caroline, Projects Administrator
Easter in the office
Thanks to the admin staff we’ve had a constant flow of chocolate and snacks provided for us this week…
Easter in Glasgow
Stuck for ideas to entertain the kids? Want an excuse to be a kid again for the weekend? Want to avoid the kids? Read on for our top picks of activities this bank holiday weekend!
Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunts
The event run by The National Trust for Scotland is taking place at a couple of different locations around Glasgow including Holmwood House and Pollok House. Your kids can run wild through the gardens and parks following the clues, solving the puzzles and hunting down their chocolatey prize. Each hunt is different, so if you’re stuck for ideas for the whole weekend, why not try both!?
Inflatable Fun, Glasgow Green
The incredibly popular inflatable fun park returns to Glasgow Green this year from the 25-28th March and 2-17th April. For only £7.99 your 2-12 year olds can enjoy an entire day of bouncy fun while you kick back and relax (maybe at the nearby People’s Palace?) or maybe in the park with a picnic if that bright thing in the sky decides to come out (don’t want to jinx it!). Bit disappointed that adults aren’t allowed on the inflatables, though…
New Lanark Easter Event
If you’re in need of getting out of the city this weekend, the New Lanark Heritage Centre is a a short drive from Glasgow and has some great events on this Easter weekend., with a magician, face-painting, bouncy castle and even a chance to meet the Easter bunny.
For the adults – Comedy, Club and Crafts
With the Glasgow International Comedy Festival coming to an end soon, there is still time to catch some laughter with Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, Ross Leslie’s show at Yes Bar on Sunday night.
Follow the performance on the 27th to Drygate Brewery for Night Owl – a Northern Soul club night with Chris Geddes (the keyboard player from Belle and Sebastian).
If a late night doesn’t appeal to you, pop along to the Granny Would Be Proud vintage craft and design fair at Hillhead Bookclub from 12-5pm on Sunday (for the record, Hillhead bookclub is a great place to visit even without the craft fair – grab a cocktail in a jam jar and play some vintage video games, fussball or table tennis – it’s a hipster’s heaven!)
What are your plans this Easter weekend? Let us know in the comments!