THE UNITED KINGDOM : Today's Easter celebrations resemble the American tradition. Lots of chocolate Easter eggs are consumed! In the past, however customs were quite different. On Easter Monday, men carried their wives in chairs covered with white fabric and decorated with colourful ribbons. The following day, the ladies carried the men in the same way. The custom was to remind people of Christ rising from the grave. Tradition also influenced the Monarchy. The sovereign used to wash the feet of the poor on Thursday beforeEaster. The King or Queen washed the feet of as many people as the sum of his or her age.