Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Traditions and the Last Days of Jesus' Life

Because Sunday is Easter, we wanted to talk about Easter traditions and the meaning of Easter.

There are two types of traditions for many holidays.  The words we use are below:

Secular:  Deals with non-religious aspects of a holiday.  Things such as the Easter bunny and Easter eggs may fall into this category.

Religious:  These deal with the traditions that are based on the Bible or religious teachings.  For example, palm branches symbolize when Jesus entered into Jerusalem and is religious in nature.

Easter Traditions the United States

Easter in the United States was on Sunday, April 5th.  For Easter in the U.S. many people go to church and spend time with friends and family.  A large meal is usually enjoyed together.  Some people do games, such as Easter egg hunts with children.  Some people tell children that the "Easter bunny" delivers presents and chocolate.

Does your culture have similar practices when it comes to Easter?  If so, what are they?  

What is different?

Easter is also based on the belief that Jesus was resurrected (brought back to life) after dying on the cross.  It is believed by many that the day that Jesus rose from the dead was on "17th day of the Jewish month, Nisan, which begins with the first new moon following the spring solstice" (source).

What are the religious aspects of Easter?

Easter is now celebrated as a religious holiday.  With that in mind, we want to focus on the religious aspects of the holiday.

For our class, we are going to focus on what happened on the events behind the symbols of Easter. These include:

  • Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and Palm branches
  • Communion and "The Lord's Supper"
  • The resurrection and what that means

We will be talking about this topic in much more detail on our Friday night meeting.  Notes on this topic will also be posted after the meeting.

If you are keeping an "English Journal," write about the following: 

1. Do you have Easter traditions (special things that you do for Easter)?
2. If yes, what do these traditions mean to you?
3. If no, what do you think of other traditions?
4. What are some new traditions that you learned about in class?

Extra Ideas for writing: What is your favorite springtime activity? What are you looking forward to this year?


Extra Resources: Read about the Easter story: 

Story from the book: "The Desire of Ages" 

Bible References: (Just hit "next" on each page to continue)

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