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Easter [n.]

the festival of the Christian Church celebrating the resurrection of Christ, held [in the Western Church] on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.
- ORIGIN Old English, related to EAST
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Oxford Dictionaries

Easter has other links beside those for the Christian religion. It was first a pagan festival celebrating the beginning of spring, with the Goddess known as Eastre having a rabbit as her symbol, hence the Easter Bunny. The Easter Rabbit did not become a commonly used symbol, however, until the 19th century. Similarly, the sharing of eggs was a common practice during spring celebrations, though they may not have been quite as colourful or made of chocolate. Further information on the history and traditions of Easter is found below.

This page covers history, traditions, Easter in Australia, arts, crafts, cards, games, religious meaning, material for the very young, education material, Easter images, … .

Easter

Australian Easter

  • Burra Nimu, The Easter Bilby
    ‘An Australian children’s story’.
  • Easter 2015 Australia
    Covers all aspects of Easter from traditions to festivals, eggs to stories.
  • Easter Bilby
    Australian site urging replacement of the Easter Rabbit with the Easter Bilby.
  • Easter Crafts - Easter Activities
    Fun and games, activities, more.
  • Easter in Australia
    General information plus a significant array of links grouped under selected headings. Dated but still basically applicable.
  • Easter in Australia [2]
    ‘A website that gives a short summary of Easter and some of the events that occur in different parts of Australia. Perhaps of greater use, would be the material to be accessed by the various links on both sides of the home page.
  • Save the [Easter] Bilby
    ‘A website to support the endangered Australian bilby’. There are Teacher resources, activities, fun stuff and links. All schools received log in details at the beginning of 2003 for the teaching resources.

Easter Art & Craft Ideas

Easter Cards

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Easter Games

Easter Images

Easter Traditions Around the World

  • Easter [Wikipedia]
    How they find the date, background, position in the church year, non-religious Easter traditions, religious traditions, controversies, meanings of Easter in other languages and more.
  • Easter Around The World
    Looks in particular at Africa, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
  • Easter Around the World [2]
    Links to many international country sites.
  • Easter Around the World [FTfs]
    ‘Find education resources about Easter, free for use in your classroom. Included are facts and general information for students about the traditions and cultures of Easter in Australia and around the world. Also find a selection of curriculum-linked lesson ideas and accompanying student activity sheets and extra resources’. Australia.
  • Easter Symbols and Traditions
    HISTORY.com. ‘Bet you didn’t know : Easter Traditions. How did Easter traditions like the Easter bunny and egg hunts become part of the holiday celebration ?’ Article, videos, more.
  • Easter Traditions from around the World
    ‘International editors tell us all about the Easter festivities in their countries’.
  • How Easter Works
    ‘We [will] explain the origin and significance of the Easter holiday and of many of the traditions associated with it’.

Specific Countries & Regions

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General Information

  • Can teach : Easter Poems and Songs
    A Canadian site with the words of songs and poems related to Easter.
  • Easter
    Annotated links to Easter material including printable books, crafts, activities, themes, worksheets [various subjects], Easter Unit, songs, downloads, cards, more.
  • Easter [2]
  • Easter Activities for Kids
    Games & activities, downloads, free stuff, other links.
  • Easter Activities, Games And Crafts For Kids
    Kidspot, Australia. ‘There’s more to Easter than an Easter egg hunt when it comes to keeping kids amused. Try these egg-citing ideas to keep the kids occupied during Easter’. You can sort activities by ages.
  • Easter Activities Preschool Theme
    ‘Includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Centre ideas for your Preschool Classroom. Scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme, or just click the picture links to go to the specific preschool activity type you are looking for’. USA.
  • Easter [Activity Village]
    ‘A huge selection of Easter activities for you to enjoy with your kids, including colouring pages, printables, jokes, crafts and puzzles ! Explore them all’. Free. UK. Some sections have been included in other sections of the page.
  • Easter [Teaching Ideas]
    ‘When Easter is approaching, don’t forget to try use our free teaching ideas, display materials and activity resources with your children’. Free. UK.
  • Easter Teaching Resources [TES, UK]
    More than 2 500 resources you can filter by age, subject, licence, type and file type.

Easter Dates

  • Determining the Date of Easter
    Information on how this is done in Australia, a calculator, other information.
  • Easter Dating Method
    Find Easter for dates from 1700 to 2999 and also how Easter dates are determined, including programs for you to use.
  • Easter Sunday Dates
    ‘Here is a list of Easter Sunday dates from 1990 to 2050. Below the list is an Easter Sunday date calculator for any year from 326 to 4099 ! Western Easters are the basis of public holidays, and are the dates celebrated by Western religions. The Orthodox dates below are based on the original calculation using the Julian calendar, converted to the equivalent date in the Gregorian calendar now in use’.
  • Easter - Happy Easter
    A site with a wide range of inclusion - books, facts, crafts, celebration information, gifts, Easter party, poems, recipes, songs, symbols and Traditions.
  • Easter Links
    A collection of Easter links done by a local library group in Boston USA.
  • Easter Poems
    Multiple sections including Bunny Poems, Easter Eggs, Easter Pictures, Short Poems and The Christian Story. You can submit Easter Poems for possible inclusion.
  • Easter Quiz
    ‘This is a quiz to be used for fun at Easter. There are three rounds, each with 10 questions. The first round is Eggs, the second is Easter around the World and the third is The Easter Story’. TES Educational resources.
  • Easter Resource List
    A compilation of resources from AussieHomeschool.
  • Easter Recipes and Holiday Dinner Ideas
    Recipes and menus for all types of foods as well as egg decorating ideas.
  • Easter Resources
    A huge range of material grouped into specific Easter topics ranging from Easter Celebrations to an Egg Theme Page and beyond. Covers lesson materials and worksheets.
  • Easter Symbols
    Text presentation. Links to other aspects of Easter.
  • Easter Symbols and Celebrations
    Brief description. Links to other aspects of Easter.
  • Easter Teaching Resources
    TES Australia. Nearly 1 800 resources. These can be divided into school levels for ease of use. Created by teachers.
  • Easter Teaching Resources [2]
    TES Connect, UK. Similar to the Australian listing above. Nearly 800 resources are available.
  • Happy Easter !
    Cards, greetings, crafts, jokes, facts, games, features and more.
  • Happy Easter [2]
    A site which covers every aspect of Easter - history, songs, Easter across the world, foods, baskets, decorations, books, when it is, icons, games, crafts, cakes & cookies, even Easter Island !
  • History of the Easter Egg
  • Scootle : Easter
    Classroom and teacher resources. About 40 at this time. Multiple filters available to narrow the focus.
  • The Holiday Spot - Easter
    Screensaver, history, stories, poems, recipes, colouring in, fonts, craft, wallpapers, greeting cards.
  • The Mystery of the Empty Easter Bunny Basket
    ‘A mystery game for 6-12 children and 3-4 adults. Includes role playing and party games’. This is fee-based.
    Other sections of the site may not be suited to children.

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