Our Easter Holiday
Easter day falls on April 16, 2017 in Canada. Easter is one of the most important festivals in Canada，so our ten-day holiday for Easter came after four school days when we had reached here , which made us all excited.
假期第一天就是Good Friday （耶稣受难日）。这一天的早晨大雪纷飞，整个世界都沉浸在安静的白色中。室内却是一片温暖，孩子们和各自的住家在为复活节做准备：绘彩蛋。 (Good Friday 对基督教徒们来说是个伤心的日子。许多年前就在这一天耶稣被钉死在十字架上。可为什么这么伤心的日子还能说“good”? 其实多年前的叫法是“God’s Friday”, 听起来就像“Good Friday”, 这就是现在这个叫法的由来。)
The first day of our Easter holiday was Good Friday, when it was snowing heavily and the whole world was covered in quiet white. However inside it was a warm picture, and our three boys were busy making preparations for Easter: painting Easter eggs. (Good Friday is a sad day for Christians. It was on this day many years ago that Jesus was crucified. Why is this sad day called “good”? For many years, it was called “God’s Friday” which sounds like Good Friday, so this may be the way that Good Friday got its name.)
Easter is a time for flowers to bloom, a time for a religious parade, a time for bunnies and lots of brightly-colored eggs, a time to celebrate spring, and Easter is a special time to remember and celebrate the life of Jesus Christ. Now all of us have a different and better understanding of Easter，including its profoundly sacred dimension.
On the sixth day of our holiday after the celebration of Easter Day, we came to the downtown with the help of our host family, enjoying the sights of the town. We found lots of differences between Canada and China: most are low buildings here while more tall buildings in China; pedestrians here intending to cross the roads not only have to watch and wait for the green traffic lights but also have to press the buttons; we hear no horning and the cars all stop and let pedestrians go first, which is similar to our Suqian traffic; the residence zone and the commercial center are parted here; the air here is fresher compared to that in China, and the sky is clear and blue against the clean air, which may be because there is less construction dust with a small population on this huge land, but all boys said they love our own country more. We also went shopping in the downtown, and all of them bought some gifts for their Mums at home. When I took photos of their presents and planned to send them to their Mums, the boys stopped me and told me that they intended to give their Mums a big surprise, which impressed me deeply and made me feel that they have grown up.
假期后的第七天和第八天，我们又在住家的帮助下，乘出租车来到了北美最大的购物中心West Edmonton Mall，感受加拿大的商业气息。在这里我们逛着，比较着，觉得还是我们的国家更繁华，孩子们都说中国比这里更modern，我们都很自豪。在这里我们遇到了很多中国留学生，也在这里看到了出售中国食品的超市，门口的造型全是中国风，我们感觉很亲切，同时也很想念我们的伟大祖国。
We, with the help of our host family, took a taxi to West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in North America, appreciating the commercial center in Canada during the next two days. We watched and compared in the huge mall, concluding that our country is more prosperous and all boys said China is more modern, which makes us proud to be Chinese. Many international students from China can be seen here, and there is also a big supermarket selling Chinese food, whose gate is in Chinese style, which gives us a feeling of being at home and also causes us to miss our great motherland more.
Time really flies. Our ten-day break is coming to an end and we are beginning to adjust us to the best state for the new week. We are sure our following week will be splendid after a short culture shock.