Easter is a happy time for Christians around the world, and in the U.S. we have many fun, colorful ways to celebrate it! However, we must remember that Easter is not only about chocolate bunnies and egg hunts. In fact, there is a very special, religious reason behind Easter and we can all learn a lot from it. Easter is also celebrated in many different ways in other countries. Want to find out more about this special day? Read on and check out the fun resources too! The Story Behind Easter When Jesus Christ was crucified, His body was kept in a tomb. During this time, many people were sad and grieved His death. Finally, after three days, it was time to remove His body from the tomb. When Jesus’ friends and family arrived, they found that His body was missing! Jesus had risen again and although He could not stay on Earth as He did before, He did stop to say goodbye to a few people. This let them know that He was safe and happy again, and still in our lives.
- The Story of Easter – Read an online, illustrated story of the Last Supper and Jesus’ Resurrection.
- Jesus is Risen – Print and color a picture of Jesus rising from the tomb.
- An Animated Easter Story – View the Easter story with animated illustrations.
- The Origins of Easter – Read the full story about Jesus and Easter.
- The First Easter – Learn how people celebrated the very first Easter, when Jesus was resurrected.
Why Do We Celebrate Easter? We celebrate Easter to remember the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us in order to save us from the sins we commit so we can go to heaven. More importantly Easter Sunday helps us to remember that Jesus came back from the dead. Although he is not physically among us, He is still present in our hearts.
- The Significance of Easter – Learn how we remember Jesus on Easter.
- Lent and Easter – Why are Lent and Easter so important for us?
What do Eggs and Rabbits Symbolize During Easter? A lot of the symbols of Easter represent new life and new beginnings. We use eggs because they represent a brand new life inside the shell. Since ancient times, rabbits have been used as a symbol of rebirth. Easter also coincides with spring. These symbols are also linked with the season and help us to welcome new life after the darkness of winter.
- Easter Symbols – Candles, eggs, rabbits, and lambs are common symbols of Easter.
- Easter Eggs – Some Easter eggs are simply decorative while others can be eaten!
- Personal Symbols (PDF) – Which images would you choose to represent Easter?
Different Easter Traditions Around the World In most of North America, Easter is a national holiday. We celebrate it by going to church, followed by a special family meal, Easter egg hunts, and giving gifts of colored eggs and chocolate. In Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe, people create very intricate designs on their Easter eggs. Lamb or a large ham are common for the Easter meal. In England, it is customary to eat hot cross buns and roll colored eggs down a large hill. In most Christian countries, the church bells ring out loud and merry on Easter Sunday morning to mark this joyous event!
- Easter in the UK – Follow Toby to see how British children celebrate Easter.
- Easter in Different Countries – Learn about Easter traditions in Sweden, England, Germany and Australia.
- Easter at the White House – Every year, the U.S. President and First Lady hold a special Easter celebration for kids in their garden!
- Egg Hunts – Play an online game and learn about Easter egg hunts.
Various Easter Crafts and Activities
- Easter Basket Craft – Make an Easter basket to store Easter eggs as a gift for someone.
- Easter Story Eggs – Create the story of Jesus on Easter eggs and use them in different games or displays.
- Easter Bingo – Learn how to play a fun Bingo game with yummy treats and learn more about the Easter story.
- Paint an Egg – Paint a virtual Easter egg to plan your design before trying it on a real egg!
- Easter Coloring – Download and print some free Easter drawings for plenty of coloring fun!