As Easter approaches, many people around the world prepare to celebrate this important holiday. Whether you are religious or not, this can be a time for reflection, renewal, and joy. In this blog post, we will explore the history and traditions of Easter, as well as some ways to celebrate this holiday.
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and then rose from the dead three days later, on Easter Sunday. This event is considered to be the cornerstone of the Christian faith, and Easter is therefore one of the most important holidays in the Christian calendar.
However, Easter also has a long history that predates Christianity. The name comes from the Old English word "Eostre," which was the name of a pagan goddess of spring and fertility. Many of the traditions associated with Easter, such as the Easter bunny and Easter eggs, have their roots in pagan fertility festivals that were held in the spring.
Today Easter is celebrated around the world with a variety of traditions and customs. In many countries, people attend church services and participate in religious processions. In some places, there are special Easter markets and fairs, where people can buy traditional Easter Chocolates and crafts. And in many households, families gather together to enjoy a special meal and exchange gifts.
Normally the symbol of this holiday is the Easter bunny. This tradition likely comes from the pagan goddess, who was often depicted with a hare or rabbit. In many cultures, the Easter bunny is believed to bring eggs or other treats to children on Easter morning.
There are many ways to celebrate this day, depending on your personal preferences and cultural traditions. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Attend a church service: Easter is a Christian holiday, so attending a church service can be a meaningful way to celebrate. Many churches hold special services on Easter Sunday, such as sunrise services or Easter vigils.
- Host or participate in an Easter Egg Hunt: Easter egg hunts are a classic way to celebrate the holiday. Hide colourful chocolate eggs around your home or yard, and let kids (and adults!) search for them and enjoy their trophy after.
- Decorate eggs: Decorating eggs is a fun and creative way to celebrate Easter. This tradition has its roots in the pagan fertility festivals mentioned earlier, where eggs were considered to be symbols of new life and rebirth. You can use traditional dyes and stickers, or try more elaborate techniques like wax resist.
- Bake Easter treats: Easter is a time for feasting, so why not bake some delicious treats to share with friends and family? Hot cross buns, Easter bread, and carrot cake are all traditional Easter treats.
- Plan an Easter brunch: If you enjoy hosting gatherings, an Easter brunch can be a great way to celebrate with friends and family. If you plan to do it the French way, serve up some roasted lamb with potatoes and green beans (haricots verts).
- Visit a local farm or petting zoo: it's a time of new life and renewal, so why not visit a farm or petting zoo to see some baby animals?
- Come to LPB Market for the egg paining workshop and the egg hunting! It will be a fun family day. Please click HERE for the details.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, the most important thing is to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the spirit of the season. May this Easter be a joyful and meaningful holiday for everyone!