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Let's Celebrate Easter- Happy Easter!

Updated on March 3, 2015
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

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An Easter Festival

Happy Easter and welcome to the place where you can find ideas and resources as you prepare for the Easter Holiday, a time when you can enjoy fun and meaningful Easter activities with your friends and family. On this site you can discover the Easter Origin and also where and when the Easter Festival was started. There are so many stories and chocolate versions of eggs, chicks, bunnies etc, around at this time of the year, but do you know why we celebrate Easter?

In preparation for making this season a special time for all your friends and family to remember, there are Easter resources to aid your Easter activities and plenty of Easter crafts that you can make or buy to ensure this holiday is that extra bit special. There are lots of ways to celebrate, such as getting out your paints, brushes, lace and beads and decorating some eggs and hanging them up or simply suspending on cotton from the ceiling. A basket of colourfully decorated eggs lying on coloured, shredded paper also looks very attractive. If the eggs have been hard-boiled, then on Easter Sunday morning they can be added to an assortment of small chocoate ones and scattered around the garden or house (but not left in the sun) and the children can be given a basket each to collect whatever they can find. Some might believe that the Easter Bunny left them! Then there is the traditional food, depending on where you live. In England, it is usually roast lamb with mint sauce and new potatoes for dinner and a fruit cake covered with marzipan, known as Simnel cake for tea on Easter Day (get your FREE Recipe below). Whatever you do, let it be a meaningful time and have a Happy Easter!


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Easter Origin

Easter began 2000 years ago when Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world and then rose again to new life, giving us the choice of new life with him. Typically, we celebrate Good Friday by thinking about his death and then on Easter Sunday we celebrate his rising again with the aid of chicks, bunnies and eggs, which speak of new life in the springtime.

Easter Crafts Resources - Create some beautiful Easter gifts and decorations

Just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life.

(for the Easter Story in the Bible, see John 19 & 20)

— Romans 6v4

Some Easter History - Did you know these facts about Easter?

The Easter Bunny came into the Easter celebrations as a pre-christian fertilitiy lore, because it was considered a symbol of fertility during the time of celebrating new life that the christian message teaches. It was first discovered in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible bunny was made of pastry and sugar. It was introduced to American folklore by German settlers in Pennslyvania Dutch country in the 1700s. The children would use their caps and bonnets to make nests in their homes, barns or gardens and believe with great excitement that if they had been good the Easter Bunny would leave some eggs in their nest.

Easter eggs were long used in Pagan times as symbols of fertility and the life that sprang forth on the earth after Winter. As christianity embraced the western world, the same symbol was used to remind people of the spiritual rebirth brought about by the death and resurrection of Christ. Easter eggs have been decorated and given as gifts for many centuries. At one time they were popularly given to servants at Easter. Even during the Middle Ages, Edward 1 allowed funds in his accounts in 1290 for the decorating of eggs as Easter gifts.

Cadburys Creme Eggs

Cadbury Easter Creme Egg, 1.2-Ounce Eggs (Pack of 48)
Cadbury Easter Creme Egg, 1.2-Ounce Eggs (Pack of 48)

These delicious creme eggs are made to look like real eggs on the inside!

 

Easter Holiday Traditions

Each country has their own way of celebrating Easter that becomes a part of their own heritage. Take a look at this interesting book that informs us about Easter Traditions and Festivals and makes us more aware of what it's all about. You will then be better informed to answer your children's questions. A great aid in talking about deeper, meaningful topics.

Simnel Cake- An English Easter Tradition

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    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      My husband is a chocolate aholic so I hide Easter eggs through the house for him to find. A couple years I have stumbled onto a couple of these eggs well past their season lol.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an enjoyable lens. I learned more about Easter.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I really enjoyed this page about Easter. The cake looks and sounds delicious! Returning the lensroll to my Easter Desserts lens, as well as to my Resurrection Cookies and Easter Bonnets lenses. I hope you have a very blessed Easter!

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I do love Easter and all that goes with it. My thoughts of Easter are always accompanied by the song "Was it a Morning Like This" - it just plays in my mind and gets me all choked up. We also enjoy dyeing eggs.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for these wonderful Easter ideas and resources. Lensrolling to Easter Event in Pendleton SC.

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      I usually celebrate Summer Solstice not Easter per-se - great well written and balanced lens.

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      Floraluniverses 8 years ago

      Very nice lens! Happy Easter to you :)

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done page of Easter information. Thanks for joining my group, Easter Time Headquarters!

      Brenda