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Church or chocolate: What does Easter mean to you?

Posted on 05 April 2012 .
Tags: society

David Cameron may be 'doing God' this Easter, but what does this festival mean to you? Is it a time to attend church, or does chocolate consumption take priority?

People are not as religious as they used to be and do not go to church as often even if they are. Our most recent British Social Attitudes survey (2011) showed that there has been a drop of 20 percentage points since 1983 in the proportion of people living in Britain who identify themselves as Christian. Even if people identify with a religion which celebrates Easter, they are unlikely to attend an Easter service - 56% of Christians say that they do not attend church more than once a year, if at all.

And what of the Easter eggs? Not only are religious affiliation and church attendance in decline, but so too is the average amount of sweet confectionary we eat. Our most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey (2008/10) showed that sugar and chocolate consumed by children aged 4-10 years has fallen from 30g to 18g per day in recent years. And this trend looks set to continue, with a fall in confectionary consumption across all age groups, with the greatest fall in the youngest age groups.

Which leaves the question, if Easter is not a time of religious celebration for the majority of people living in Britain, and children are not gorging themselves on chocolate, what does this holiday stand for in twenty first century Britain? We'd like to find out what Easter means to you, so please post a comment.

By Lucy Lee and Valdeep Gill
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