All Things Easter!
What is Easter Sunday all about? Bunny rabbits? Easter Eggs? Treasure hunt?
Easter, also called Pasch or Resurrection Sunday is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. A day that also marks the end of evil. Over the centuries, different communities have adopted varied rituals to mark this day. Some say that the tradition of Easter eggs symbolises fertility and life as Jesus rose from the grave. The custom of the Easter egg is also said to have originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. But what is very interesting to note is that it’s very likely that children play an important role in the origin of the fun side of this festival. “For Christians, this is a serious holy day, dealing with issues of life and death,” says Robin Knowles Wallace, the author of The Christian Year: A Guide for Worship and Preaching . “Because of the difficulty of sharing these big issues in age-appropriate ways, sometimes we divert to the more light-hearted symbols of eggs and rabbits, hence the proliferation of Easter-egg hunts at churches.”
Now, since children have added the ‘fun’ element to an otherwise sombre holy day, don’t you think it’s up to us to take it forward?
Here are some fun activities you can do with your children this Easter:
Make your own Easter eggs!
There is nothing like doing something together as a family. And in today’s rushed world, parents jump at every opportunity to spend that precious extra time with their little ones. Sit down with you kids and decorate your own Easter eggs!
You don’t need to be a master chef to try this at home. It’s really simple:
All you need: Eggs and Crayons !
- Boil required number of eggs.
- Pop them in an oven at 180 deg C till they get a little toasty
- Pick them up with tongs
- Use crayons to draw patterns on the hot eggs. Although this is an activity for slightly older kids…( tongs +hot +oven….not a good idea for the smallies!) the younger ones can help by sprinkling crayon shavings on to the eggs
- Voila! You have your very own customised Easter Eggs!
You can even plan a treasure hunt on Easter Sunday where you hide the decorated eggs around the house along with clues for your children to find them.
Read about Easter
Okay, I’m a little biased when it comes to reading. For me reading=fun! Reading is a great way to bond with your children too. Not only do you get to know more about the tradition of Easter, you also get to spend some quality time together. Reading about something also builds up the anticipation, making the event even more enjoyable!
- The Easter Bunny that Overslept by Adrienne Adams, Otto Friedrich and Priscilla Friedrich
- The Berenstain Bears Easter Story by Mike and Jan Berenstain ( The Berenstains have written a lot on Easter)
- 3. The Easter Story Paperback – February 15, 2006 by Patricia A. Pingry
If your kids are foodies then you cannot miss all the scrumptious Easter brunches that Mumbai has to offer. Here is a list of the yummiest :
1. Easter Brunch at INDIGO, Colaba
2. An Egg-Citing Easter – JW Cafe, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar Kid’s Activity: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Egg Hunt: 12:00pm. Easter Brunch: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
3. Easter Dim Sum Brunch at By the Mekong on 27th March’16 12 noon to 4 pm
4. Easter Brunch at The Leela Mumbai
Spread the cheer
No celebration is complete without sharing the joy and love with someone. This year you could celebrate the spirit of Easter with the less fortunate. You can either do it formally through an organisation or just spread some joy to the million homeless people on the streets of Mumbai. It could be a simple gesture of sharing some food and water or just spending some time with them.
Someone very wise said…Easter is the only time of the year that you can safely put all your eggs in one basket! 😉
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