Written and illustrated by Jahnvi Jain, a grade 3 student.
Easter is a Christian festival that is celebrated in many parts of the world as a commemoration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. These are big words, but what do they mean?
The story, explained simply, is like this.
The Romans crucified (tied to a cross) Jesus to kill him. On the third day after the crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead (resurrection means to come back to life from the dead). Thus, Easter is celebrated as Jesus regained life. It also represents the arrival of Spring and new life.
The Easter celebrations start on Good Friday. There are many symbols of Easter – like a bunny, eggs, lily, spring chicks, dogwoods etc.
Why the eggs?
The eggs represent a new form of life – a birth. Lilies symbolise purity. The Easter bunnies distribute the colourful eggs. The cross represents the symbol of victory.
People also keep butterfly life cycles as Easter decorations to show the beginning of new life from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly.
Children decorate nests in the hat or basket for rabbits. Children also decorate eggs with vibrant colours. Egg hunts are also held in many communities. Children love to find surprises hidden in the eggs.
During Easter, everyone loves to eat bunny-shaped chocolates.
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