Saturday, 12 April 2014

Easter!

Easter Crafts

Dorothy has been busy making decorations for our annual Easter Tree. Each year we create a few new decorations and sometimes some homemade Easter Cards as well.

 Image courtesy of Feelart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



We had fun with this year's Usborne Books Easter Crafts nook is "Easter Things to Make and Do" newly revised with new and adapted ideas. 


Dorothy likes being original and decided to do some more adapting with her friends!  


There are so many craft ideas for children online, there is a great "round up" of ideas on BritMums here  where Mums and Dads have come up with plenty to keep kids busy over the holidays.

Or you could make some Easter Egg Bunting like this!

Dorothy's friends love making things, we make models, sew, paint, draw, use computer software and are always looking for new ideas!


Here is this year's Easter Tree - do you have one? 



How much do you know about Easter? Dorothy loves finding out about our traditions and holidays, there are always some surprising facts to discover! Easter is no exception.

Adapted from Image courtesy of jannoon028 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Most of us know that Easter is when Christians celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. It is THE most important religious festival in the Christian calendar. But what else do you know about Easter? You can find out a lot more here on the "Top Marks" site. They have even more Easter crafts!

How did Easter get its name?

Long before Jesus was born some people in Europe worshipped the Goddess of Spring, who was known as 'Eostre'. These people thought that the sun died in winter and was born again in Spring. They thought the goddess brought the spring and with it the sun would get stronger. Some believe that Easter got its name from her.

When is Easter?

Easter Day is always on a Sunday but the date varies. Many years ago Christians decided that Easter Day should be the Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of Spring, around 21 March.

This means that Easter can be as early as 22 March or as late as 25 April. In fact not only does the date for Easter change each year but it happens on different dates depending on where in the world you live! Western churches such as in the UK, America and Australia use the Gregorian calendar rather than the Julian calendar used in eastern churches. These calendars are named after Roman Catholic Pope's.

Why celebrate with bunnies and eggs?

Easter falls in the Spring and at this time animals tend to have there babies. Since the name "Easter" is thought to come from the name of the Goddess of Spring we use traditional Spring items like baby animals, especially chicks and the eggs they come from to celebrate. The Easter Bunny wasn't mentioned until the 1500s which is 500 years ago!

People celebrate  Easter differently around the world. In Guatemala, people make carpets of sawdust and flowers that measure up to a mile in length. The carpet is incredible details and takes weeks to make. People then walk over the carpet on their way to church!

Eggs first became associated with Easter in Medieval Europe. The Church told people not to eat eggs during Lent xo all eggs laid during the 40 days would be saved and stored. All these eggs would be eaten at Easter!

Eggs symbolise or represent new life and rebirth which is what Spring is all about! The first chocolate eggs appeared in Germany about 200 years ago.



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9 comments:

  1. This is really helpful - I want to explain Easter to my son, and it's great to have a round-up of the different traditions and history behind the festival. Thank you!

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  2. I didn't know all this about Easter so was an interesting read. I hadn't heard of doing an Easter tree either, it looks really good!

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  3. I love that Easter card with the bunny and the button - so cute! I love your Easter facts too - especially the Easter bunny one - I always thought it was a modern invention.

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  4. I actually was wondering yesterday why Easter is never on a similar date (like Thanksgiving in the US). Thank you for sharing that info! And happy crafting!

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  5. Thanks for sharing, really interesting Easter facts x

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  6. I really like the egg tree! Those activities really look like good Easter based fun.

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  7. So many choices amd options to do! I love the felts bunny and chicks! Plus thank you for the easter story learned a lot. =)

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  8. They all look great, but I do love your Easter tree! I haven't seen them until this year but I really do like them! Guess what we'll be making next year :-) x

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  9. The Mothers say - A great post which is very useful re: the explanation of Easter. Great crafts and lovely photos xx

    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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Dorothy xx