The shop shelves are full of chocolate. There are eggs and bunnies everywhere you look. Butchers are busily chopping up cuts of lamb. That’s right — Easter is almost here! This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, April 12.
For Christians, the festival celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after he was crucified. His death wiped away the sins of humanity. When he came back to life, this was 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 give thanks for the sacrifice that Jesus made. It is also a time to celebrate new life and renewal. Now that spring has arrived, you will see new life everywhere you look, from blossom on the trees to newborn lambs in the fields!
For many people Easter is also a chance to spend time with family and enjoy Easter traditions. Lots of these go back hundreds of years. The hot cross bun first appeared in the 12th century. The tradition of eating lamb has its roots in the Jewish festival of Passover, which takes place around the same time.
What are your favourite Easter traditions? What does the festival mean to you?
Read Our Story
Watch this sweet video of children explaining the Easter story. Did they miss anything out?
- Make an Easter card to give to a family member, or someone who celebrates the holiday! If you are not sure what to include, think about some of the traditions and images mentioned above.
- Write a poem, song or short story which is inspired by the theme of new life.