Lessons in the "religion" Category

What is Christmas today?

Today, let’s talk about Christmas. What is it? Why is it? How do we celebrate it? What does it mean to you? Also how has it changed over the years? Some interesting questions for you to mull over…maybe over a glass of Glühwein? This German pre-Christmas tradition has in recent years spread across Europe to the UK in the form of popular Christmas markets.

In Britain, people celebrate Christmas with roast turkey and all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding. Families open their presents that surround the Christmas tree. In Europe, many people eat fish, a good catholic tradition, for their Christmas meal. In Central Europe, they celebrate Christmas one day early on the evening of December 24. It is also a public holiday on this day in some of these countries!

Easter Traditions

Today let’s talk about Easter traditions. Every Christian country and region has its own. In this lesson we will look at a few of them.

Most people associate Easter with Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and Easter egg hunts. Easter though is about Christ. Many Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. For this reason they go to church over this period.

Easter traditions do vary depending on where you live and what religion you have. A favourite Easter game is egg tossing or egg throwing. Why? Because the egg is a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth of man at Easter.

Religion in Britain and its future

Today, let's talk about religion in Britain. We will discuss how it is today and how it will be in the future. The main religion in England and Wales is Anglican Christianity, as preached by the Church of England. It is a denomination of Christianity that is headed by The Queen.

Britain is multi-faith. This includes Catholics, Methodists and Baptists. Other religions in Britain include: Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam. There is also the Elim Pentecostal Church, the Church of Scotland, the Free Presbyterian Church, the United Reform Church and the Methodist Church.

Easter traditions 2

Today let’s talk about Easter traditions. Every country and region has its own. In this lesson we will look at a few of them.

Most people associate Easter with Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and Easter Egg hunts. Easter though is about Christ. Many Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. For this reason they go to church over this period.

What is Christmas today?

Today, let’s talk about Christmas. What is it? Why is it? How do we celebrate it? What does it mean to you? Also how has it changed over the years? Some interesting questions for you to mull over…maybe over a glass of Glühwein? This German pre-Christmas tradition has in recent years spread across Europe to the UK in the form of popular Christmas markets.

In Britain, people celebrate Christmas with roast turkey and all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding. Families open their presents that surround the Christmas tree. In Europe, many people eat fish, a good catholic tradition, for their Christmas meal. In Central Europe, they celebrate Christmas one day early on the evening of December 24. It is also a public holiday on this day in some of these countries!

Easter traditions

Today let’s talk about Easter traditions. Every country and region has its own. In this lesson we will look at a few of them.

Most people associate Easter with Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and Easter Egg hunts. Easter though is about Christ. Many Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. For this reason they go to church over this period.

Category: Easter / Easter Traditions / Religion

The new Pope

Today let’s talk about the new Pope who was elected recently at the Vatican. Pope Francis I is the new head of the Catholic Church following the resignation of the former Pope, Benedict XVI.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, who was a cardinal from Argentina, was the surprise choice of the cardinals who elected him head of 1.2bn Catholics. Many people had expected a much younger Pope to be elected.

Category: Catholic Church / The Pope / Francis I

The Pope resigns!

Recently the world was shocked with the news that Pope Benedict XVI had resigned. The news that the Head of the Catholic Church was to step down at the end of February shocked world political leaders, as well as religious figures.

The Pope said he is too old to continue, citing ill health. He is 85, has arthritis and has been wearing a pacemaker for many years. It is the first time in nearly 600 years that a Pope has resigned. Most normally die of old age while in office.

Category: Religion / The Vatican / The Pope

Should Children Learn The Lord’s Prayer?

Recently in Britain the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said he believes that children should be taught the Lord’s Prayer in school. Speaking to the BBC on its children’s TV programme Newsround Dr Williams said he was worried by news that half as many children know the prayer compared with 40 years ago.

He said, “I’d like to see schools introducing children to the Lord’s Prayer, so that they know it’s there, they know what it means and why it matters and they then can make up their own minds later about whether they wish to use it.”

Category: Religion / Church of England / Lord’s Prayer