Wednesday, 4 April 2012

All ready for Easter

Happy Eater week everyone!

I was inspired to do this post because Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I then asked myself, what exactly is Easter all about? I know the religious reasons but whats up with the coloured eggs, the bunnies and the baby chicks? How do they all tie in with each other? Below is a little background on the Easter celebrations.

According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday. Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.

Rabbits and Hares:
Rabbits and hares are fertility symbols of antiquity. Rabbits and hares give birth to large litters in the early spring, these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth.

Adorable! (Cat Obsessed) - Image from Google

Eggs & Chicks:
The precise origin of the ancient custom of decorating eggs is not known, although evidently the blooming of many flowers in spring coincides with the use of the fertility symbol of eggs—and eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes.

Eater Egg Hunting - Images from Google
So when Jesus rose again it was like being reborn and fertility symbols, like bunnies, eggs and spring (flowers), are used to celebrate his resurrection (Easter). Hunting for eggs is just something fun for kids to do :)

In our house its important to spend Easter with family so we usually all get together and have breakfast or lunch. If you do the same then bellow are some cute ideas for entertaining your guests.

I spent 2 months in Denmark when i was 10 and they have an Easter tradition of having an Easter Tree. Its pretty much just a container/bucket filled with sand/stones and a few twigs/branches put in. Its usually not as big as a Christmas tree because its used as a table center piece. You then hang decorated eggs and other Easter ornaments on. I love this idea and try do it every Easter.
Easter Tree - Image from Google
Another easy but cute idea for Easter is Nail art. Here is nail art that i did on my nails by following the Tutorial video below. Its super easy, all you have to do is make sure you have all the correct colours. (Mine was a bit too neon).
My Chick Nails for Easter :)
Video from IHaveACupcake on YouTube

Click here for some cute Easter party ideas for kids.

How do you celebrate Easter?
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I hope you all have a fantastic long weekend!
Miss Claira-Bella