Easter is on its way! The shop shelves are full of chocolate. There are eggs and bunnies everywhere you look, and butchers are busily chopping sumptuous cuts of lamb for the traditional Easter feast.
The festival celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, on the third day after he was crucified. For Christians, his death was an act of atonement which wiped clean the sins of humanity. His resurrection is a symbol of God’s promise of eternal life, and proof that Jesus was the son of God.
As a result, Easter is a time to reflect on and give thanks for the sacrifice that Jesus made. It is also a time to celebrate new life and renewal — it was originally combined with a Pagan festival of new life which took place in springtime.
Despite the numbers of churchgoers sinking in the UK, many people continue to use the Christian festival as a chance to spend time with family.
Easter comes along with many traditions which go back thousands of years. The hot cross bun first appeared in the 12th century, and the tradition of lamb has its roots in the Jewish festival of Passover, which takes place around the same time.
What does Easter mean to you?
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Watch this sweet video of children explaining the Easter story. What is the true meaning of Easter?
- Find out more about an Easter tradition you enjoy. Where does it come from, and what does it symbolise? Present your findings to the class.
- Create an artwork (this could be a picture, poem, song or short story) inspired by the theme of new life and renewal.
- Draw a cartoon which explains part of the Easter story.