Easter Celebration

The Rose Trellis Fabergé Egg

Easter is celebrated by Christians throughout the world. It always falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21. Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus spent his life preaching and showing people how they should live. Many powerful people at the time did not believe in God and thought that Jesus was trying to cause trouble. They arrested him and crucified him. Three hours later, Jesus died. Jesus was buried in a tomb, and three days later he rose from the dead.

A popular Easter custom is to watch the sunrise, which is symbolic of rebirth. Eggs are a symbol of new life. In Greece people dye them red, a magical color. They believe that when the red shell is broken, a blessing is released. In Holland, Germany, France, and Switzerland, people create Easter trees as symbols of the resurrection. They place bare branches in pots, hollow out eggs, which they decorate with ribbons, and then hang the eggs from the branches. The branches represent death, whereas the eggs are a symbol of life.

In the United States, an egg-rolling contest for children is held on Easter Monday at the White House. Easter-egg hunts are also popular.
The world’s most famous Easter eggs are made of enamel and precious metals and are decorated with gold and costly gems. They were made in Russia by a jeweler named Peter Carl Faberge. The first Faberge egg was made in 1885 for Czar Alexander to give to his wife, Maria. From then on, Faberge made eggs each year at Easter for the Russian royal family.

Click on this link to find out How to make an Easter Tree with Painted Eggs 

Paula S. Wallace, (2003). The World of Holidays by Gareth Stevens Publishing Craft

Heather Moehn, (2000). World Holidays: A Watts Guide for Children by The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 6:50 PM

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