On Sunday 4 March, millions around the world will be celebrating Easter.
The festival marks the resurrection – coming back to life after death – of Jesus on the third day after he was crucified. For Christians, his death was an act of atonement, wiping clean the sins of the human race, and his resurrection represents God’s promise of eternal life.
Easter offers an opportunity to reflect on the new life and renewal we witness in springtime. The festival takes its name from the pagan goddess Eostre, who was celebrated at the end of winter.
Traditional celebrations around the world involve eggs to celebrate this time of new life. In Greece, it is traditional to knock eggs with your neighbour for good luck. Argentinians hold huge Easter egg hunts in cities; in Scotland, egg rolling – racing painted eggs down a hill – is popular.
In 2020, Easter celebrations were restricted around the globe because of Covid-19. Families could not meet in large groups, and Easter mass at the Vatican, which usually attracts 100,000 Catholic worshippers, was conducted in an empty church for the first time in history.
Many see this year’s festival as a new dawn after a troubling year. What does Easter mean to you?
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- Follow these instructions for making a painted egg decoration.
- Research another religious festival and make a presentation about it.
- Thousands of families were unable to celebrate together last year. Come up with five activities you could do together online.