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All About Easter

It's easy to get your children involved in Easter celebrations. Not only will they be creatively occupied, but their knowledge about this charming tradition will also increase.

All most non-Christian Indians know about Easter is that it occurs on a Sunday, and has something to do with eggs. It's easy to get your children involved in Easter celebrations. Not only will they be creatively occupied, but their knowledge about this charming tradition will also increase.


When is Easter?

Easter is known as the 'movable feast', since does not follow the Roman calendar but occurs on the first Sunday after the full moon after March 21, the spring equinox. As a result it can occur as early as March 22, or as late as April 25! It also signifies the end of the 40-day period of Lent, which is associated with fasting and penance. This year Easter is on April 11, 2004, so start preparing!


How can I get my child involved?

There are numerous ways your child can participate in Easter celebrations:

CRAFTS

Egg Painting
In Greece, eggs are painted crimson and exchanged, to honour the blood shed by Jesus. However, in most other parts of the world eggs are usually painted in bright, sunny colours - the colours of Spring. Gold and silver are favourites. Get your children to paint on eggs with poster paints, much more fun than painting on paper!

Egg Decorations
Although painted eggs make great decoration, your kids could get even more creative and try this. Make a hole in the eggshell by piercing it with a needle. Blow out the contents into a bowl. Then, paint on the hollow egg shell. These painted balls can be used as decoration and hung from the leaves of plants or trees in your home and garden.

Egg Basket
It is fairly simple to make a basket with a cardboard sheet. Take a rectangular cardboard sheet, and draw another rectangle on it, leaving around three inches from the sides. Dent the cardboard slightly by going over the rectangle you have drawn with a paper knife. Fold in the cardboard, cutting out the extra card at the corners. Secure it firmly with tape. Then, take a long cardboard strip, making sure it is not too thin, and wrap it up with colourful glazed paper. Then, secure it to the sides to make a handle. Fill up the inside with a layer of cotton and sheets of coloured glaze paper.


GAMES

Easter Egg Hunt
Invite your children's friends over for an Easter egg hunt. They will need to bring a basket with them, or you can provide them with one. Hide eggs around your garden or around the public park, and ask the children to find them. The child who finds the most eggs wins a prize. Needless to say, you will need to have numerous eggs all painted and ready for the egg hunt!

Easter Egg Roll
Ask the kids to roll their eggs. The egg which rolls the farthest distance without breaking, wins the prize! To avoid the eggs colliding with one another, let each child roll his egg separately. He can then mark the distance with a chalk. This should keep the kids busy at play for a long time!


Although such games and crafts are rarely celebrated by non-Christians in India, your kids are sure to enjoy them. It would be a change from their regular games of Hide n Seek and Catch, and your children will be learning about a holiday widely celebrated around the world, hence becoming more globally aware.


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