Easter, is on April 1st this year. It is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Spring Equinox on March 21st. Easter is the oldest Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ three days after his death. Easter Sunday follows Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday, March 30th coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover, a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. Help children also learn about other major
Festivals Around the World.
Here are some fun facts about Easter you might not have known:
The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare.
Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.
Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. That’s because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.
The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.
The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.
Festivals and holidays are all about celebrating what is truly important with your friends and family. Read a story titled ‘An Easter Basket for Bonnie,’ about a very kind girl, Carmencita, and how she brings Happy Easter smiles on to the faces of the kids in the hospital.
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