Easter is a Christian festival marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Preceded by Lent - a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance - Easter begins on Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper of Christ and his disciples. Good Friday symbolises Christ's crucifixion and subsequent death while Pentecost Sunday celebrates the day Christ rose from the grave. Families traditionally attend church services and Easter parades during this period, and children join in egg hunts and receive chocolate eggs.
Dazzling array of sweet treats for Easter
It would not be Easter without those delicious eggs. A supermarket in Pacific Place is offering more than 200 types of Easter eggs to celebrate the festival.
The Great Food Hall collection includes farm-fresh eggs and other colourful, exotic chocolate varieties of about 50 flavours from Hong Kong, the United States, England, Germany, Italy, Australia and Switzerland.
Among them are pre-dyed, hard-boiled eggs from Germany with a preservation period of two weeks. Their colours are natural and edible.
There are also ostrich eggs from Australia, which are so large that one is enough for six to eight people. The egg shells are so hard that customers will have to use a hand drill to crack it at home or ask the shop to do it.
The ostrich egg has a lighter taste than chicken eggs and is ideal for making scrambled eggs, cakes, souffles and omelettes.
Chocolate eggs come in different tastes and sizes, from double cream to strawberry, and from single, mini-ones to family packs.
There are also Easter gift boxes, decorated with popular cartoon characters, such as The Incredibles, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Winnie the Pooh and The Simpsons.
Chocolate lovers will find the bunny families from Switzerland very tempting. Homemade with fine, creamy Swiss chocolate in different flavours including milk, dark and white, the bunnies can be stored up to one month.
Easter is also a time for sharing. The food hall is organising a fund-raising event for the SKH St Christopher's Home, which helps underprivileged children. A donation box will be displayed at the food hall until next Monday.