Written and illustrated by Jahnvi Jain, a grade 3 student (published in April 2021)
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?
What is Easter?
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 do we paint eggs on Easter?
There are two explanations for this.
One theory is that the eggs represent a new form of life – a birth, since Christ is said to have come back from the dead (reborn).
The other popular explanation is that Easter marks the end of the Holy Week and in this week people were not allowed to eat eggs (as part of fasting etc). So, the eggs that were laid that week were decorated and given to kids as treats on Easter Sunday.
Other things like lilies symbolize 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, kids love to eat bunny-shaped chocolates.
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