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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’.
  • Determining the Date of Easter
    Information on how this is done in Australia, a calculator, other information.
  • Easter 2013 Australia
    Covers all aspects of Easter from traditions to festivals, eggs to stories.
  • Easter Australian Style
    Article covering a range of things which are peculiarly Australian at Easter..
  • Easter Bilby
    Australian site urging replacement of the Easter Rabbit with the Easter Bilby.
  • Easter Bilby [2]
    ‘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 Crafts - Easter Activities
    Fun and games, activities, more.
  • Easter in Australia
    General information plus a significant array of links grouped under selected headings.
  • 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.

Easter Art & Craft Ideas

Easter Cards

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Easter Games

  • Easter Games
    A small collection of Easter games. Other links to different Easter aspects.
  • Easter Games [2]
    Both online and print games.
  • Easter Games [3]
    Easter maze, Easter egg fun and the funny Easter bunny.
  • Free Easter Games
    Jigsaws, mah-jongg, memory puzzles, slider puzzles and more.
  • Kid’s Easter Parties
    Everything from games and ideas to printables are just one section of this site.
  • The Bunny Hutch
    ‘There are lots of FUN things to do and see this Easter at Kids’ Turn Central Bunny Hutch. Bookmark this page and come back often !’

Easter Images

Easter Traditions Around the World

  • Easter Around the World
    Find out about the Easter tradition, dates for Easter for any nominated year, links to recipes, eggs and other sites including Easter e-cards.
  • Easter Around the World [2]
    Links to many national sites.
  • Easter Traditions and Origins
    ‘Learn the history of Easter traditions here’.
  • Easter Around The World
    Looks in particular at Africa, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • BBC - Easter
    A wealth of information with specific links to dedicated information.
  • Can teach : Easter Poems and Songs
    A Canadian site with the words of songs and poems related to Easter. There is also a further link to other rabbit songs and poems.
  • Cracking Eggs
    ‘Lots of activities and egg fun for children of all ages’.
  • Easter
    Annotated links to a range of Easter material including printable books, crafts, activities, themes, worksheets [various subjects], Easter Unit, songs, downloads, cards and more.
  • Easter [2]
    A range of topics from special Easter Days to Beliefs and a Folk Calendar, Easter trees and an Easter menagerie.
  • Easter [4]
  • Easter - Happy Easter
    This is a vast site with a wide range of inclusion - books, facts, crafts, celebration information, gifts, Easter party, poems, recipes, songs, symbols and Traditions Around the World.
    Well presented !
  • Easter Activities for Kids
    Games & activities, downloads, free stuff, other links.
  • Easter Activity Pack
    From the State Library of Queensland. Find information on the Easter background, resources for librarians, resources for students and a range of activities.
  • 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 Links
    A collection of Easter links done by a local library group in Boston USA.
  • Easter Midi Files
    Both ordinary and religious music.
  • Easter Poems
    Multiple sections including Bunny Poems, Easter Eggs, Easter Pictures, Short Poems and The Christian Story. You can even submit Easter Poems for possible inclusion. There are also links to poems for other special occasions.
  • Easter Story Quiz, The
    ‘Try to put the Easter story back together in the right order. If you think you need more knowledge then click [here] to see the Easter story’.
  • 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 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 Symbols
    Text presentation. Links to other aspects of Easter.
  • Easter Symbols [2]
    From Holiday Spot. Text presentation which is part of a larger Easter site.
  • Easter Symbols and Celebrations
    Brief description plus links to other aspects of Easter.
  • Happy Easter
    Includes Symbols & Customs, The Easter Story, Colour-Ins, Crafts, Puzzles, Lesson Plans, Food, Easter Around the World, more. UK site.
  • Happy Easter ! [2]
    Cards, greetings, crafts, jokes, facts, games, features and more.
  • Happy Easter [3]
    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 !
    Highly Recommended !
  • History of the Easter Egg
    Text information about this.
  • Holiday Spot, The - 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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