The Easter story
Easter is the first and at the same time the most important of the Christian festivals in the church year. It has become a celebration of the Church and of the family. The children are looking for Easter eggs and the whole family gathers for a big breakfast on Sunday morning. Some go to church where Christian hymns are sung, some celebrate with the closest family members. A festival that brings joy to both young and old..
In addition to looking for and snacking on Easter eggs, various customs and eating together and the beautiful custom of the Easter bunny, one should not lose sight of the real reason for Easter.
Ash Wednesday – start of preparations:The 40-day preparation time for Easter begins on Ash Wednesday. Many people forego vicious habits during this time and ring in Lent at Easter. Often sweets, alcohol and meat are avoided until the Saturday before the resurrection.
Holy Week begins one week before Easter Sunday, on Palm Sunday. On that day Jesus went to Jerusalem and the people there opened the way for him. The people waved palm fronds and placed them in front of him on the road he was walking.
The Friday before Easter is the “day of sorrow”, because on this day Jesus Christ was crucified because of betrayal. For Christians, this day is a silent holiday and at the same time the highest. On this day, Christians commemorate Jesus’ last supper with the twelve apostles on the eve of his crucifixion.
Lent ends on Holy Saturday and thus Holy Week reaches its climax in the night from Saturday to Sunday. That night, Jesus’ suffering was overcome. Easter now begins and lasts until Pentecost Sunday. The Easter fire on Saturday evening is a custom that is supposed to drive away all evil spirits.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday. This is to be celebrated on this significant Christian holiday. The Easter egg hunt is only a tradition in Germany that has been carried out for several decades.
On this day, too, the resurrection will continue to be celebrated with joy. On that day three of Jesus’ disciples set out for Emmaus. On the way they met a man who joined the other men. In Emmaus, the disciples invite the stranger to dinner. When he breaks the bread, they recognize the risen Jesus Christ. They run back to Jerusalem to bring this good news of the resurrection to everyone.
Craft ideas for Easter:
Paint classic Easter eggs with different colors and patterns. You can use stamps or glitter glue. There are no limits for you and your children when it comes to painting eggs.
Easter basket made of paper
What you need: slightly thicker paper in the color of your choice, pencil, ruler, scissors, glue, tape and the decoration you want.
1. Take a piece of construction paper and cut it to the dimensions 21 x 21 cm.
2. Draw nine fields of the same size, each 7 x 7 cm, on the square paper with a ruler and pencil.
3. Cut in the following lines as shown in the picture.
4. Fold the two side parts towards the middle and crease the outer wings.
5. Glue the parts that are next to each other.
6. Now cut a strip of construction paper 21 cm long and 4 cm wide.
7. Glue the paper strip to your Easter basket as a handle.
8. Now glue on the last pieces of paper, i.e. the middle squares.
And the basket is ready!
Now you can fill the basket with paper grass, eggs and other decorations and give it away.
You need: Empty toilet paper rolls or chip boxes, brown construction paper and scraps of paper, pencil, felt pen, scissors, glue and other decoration if desired. The empty chip box or roll is covered all around with brown construction paper. Then two rabbit ears are cut out and glued to the upper edge of the can / roll – this is the basic shape of your Easter bunny. You can now paint the face with a felt pen, or make other things according to your wishes.
Easter basket made from salt dough
Material for an Easter basket: 1 small cup of salt, 2 small cups of flour, 1 small cup of water for the salt dough. Rolling pin, knife, acrylic paint and brush.
1. First mix the salt and flour in a bowl and then gradually add the water until a homogeneous dough is formed.
2. Roll out one half of the dough on a lightly floured surface about 0.5 cm thick. Then place a bowl or saucer on the dough and cut out the circle with a knife.
3. The rest of the dough is then divided into three equal parts and formed into three approx. 40 cm long strands. This is now carefully braided into a braid.
4. Now moisten the edge of your circle and place the braided strand around the circle once. Moisten the ends and press firmly together. Then press the strand tightly to the circle and smooth out small bumps with a moistened finger.
5. Either dry the dough in the air for about 1 day or leave it in the oven for about 2 hours at 60 ° C.
6. When both sides are dry and light on the surface, you can burn the salt dough. This takes about 1 hour at 140 ° C top / bottom heat.
You can then paint the dough with acrylic paints as you wish.
The Club Kastalia team wishes you all a happy Easter and a lot of fun looking for eggs!