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History of Easter for Crafters
By: Caley Walsh
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As we crafters prepare to celebrate Easter with paper baskets, painted eggs and fluffy pom pom chicks, many of us might wonder the history behind why we celebrate Easter Sunday. Many Christians celebrate this holiday as a joyous rememberance of Christ's ressurection, but may not know how bunnies, eggs and the Easter lily came into the picture. Learn about the holiday in this article and find Easter craft projects, Easter songs, inspirational poems and more to celebrate, whatever your personal beliefs might be. For our best resource of Easter craft projects and recipes, check out our FREE Hop into Spring Easter eBook
For many of us, Easter is a time for painting eggs, eating chocolate and admiring bunnies. In modern times, Easter has become an increasingly secular celebration, in which people rejoice at the coming of spring and its promise of new life. Just as with Christmas, this move away from Easter’s Christian origins can partly be explained by the diversity of people wanting to participate in the holiday. Nonetheless, many Christians would like to remind everyone of why we celebrate Easter.
Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion. Good Friday is a solemn church holiday which remembers this crucifixion of Christ on the Cross at Calvary. In the Roman Catholic church, Good Friday is marked with a fast. Many protestant churches mark the crucifixion on the Wednesday before Easter instead, coinciding with the sacrifice of the lamb in Jewish Passover. Lambs are a common symbol at Easter as a symbol for Christ, “the lamb of God.”
On Easter Sunday, many Christians rejoice and sing at church services, made all the more special by the solemn remembrance before. Some Christians have developed other joyous Easter traditions, such as flying kites to symbolize Christ’s rise to Heaven. In the happy tone of Easter, here are a few Easter songs especially for children.
This song is sung to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Almost every child knows that song! Sing this song while kids make the Beaded Cross Easter Card.
“Jesus is alive today, alive today, alive today. Jesus is alive today, it is Easter morning!”
This cute song is a great way to engage with young children on Easter. Sing this songs as you make Foam Egg Magnets.
Five Little Easter Eggs
Christian missionaries noticed that their celebration of the resurrection of Christ occurred during pagan celebrations of the spring equinox. The pagan goddess of fertility and birth celebrated at this time was called Eostre. The missionaries adopted the celebratory tradition into a Christian holiday. Easter eggs are of course the classic symbol of fertility and have been associated with spring celebrations since ancient times. Classically, eggs were forbidden to Christians during the 40 days of Lent between Ash Wednesday and Easter and thus became an important part of the Easter celebration.
Just like the egg, the bunny is another ancient symbol of fertility and new life. One Anglo-Saxon myth says that Eostere changed a pet bird into a bunny which laid colored eggs to entertain children. The Easter bunny become a figure much like Santa, which brings presents to good children. In a German tradition, children would hide brightly colored nests often made from bonnets around the house for the “Osterhase” or Easter bunny to leave colored eggs. This has evolved into the tradition of hiding Easter baskets, nests and eggs themselves.
Crafters can celebrate the Easter bunny with this great step-by-step tutorial from Cartoon Critters on how to draw an Easter bunny, or these other great Easter Bunny crafts here at FaveCrafts.
Christian tradition says that beautiful white lilies grew where Christ’s sweat dropped to the ground when he was being crucified. The Lily of the Valley is one of the first flowers to open in the spring, thus closely associated it with spring celebrations and Easter. The lily is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Christ used the symbol of the lily in one of his most famous quotes:
For renewal of life
Easter brings the best surprises,
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