Easter 2019 is on Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter is one of the most significant Christian festivals and holidays. The day, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is a joyous occasion. Since it does not fall on a particular day, Easter has been called a moveable fest. This year, Easter will be celebrated on April 16.
Easter is one of the oldest Christian festivals. The day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which took place on the third day of his crucifixion. The day of his crucifixion is called Good Friday. Easter Sunday is not only the culmination of the Holy Week but also marks the conclusion of the 40 days of Lent.
Easter symbols including Easter eggs, bunnies, parades, Easter Lilies, the lamb, the cross, Palm branches, Hot Cross Buns, Candles, Pretzels, Easter & Spring, Butterfly flowers.
Easter Bunny is a very important symbol of this festival. It is believed that Easter Bunny or hare symbolizes moon. It is because of the fact that hare never closes its eyes for a single moment-hare never blinks its eyes, it is said. Moreover, Easter Bunny has its roots in the Anglo-Saxon Goddess called Eostre-who always carried her bunny along with her. In fact, this Easter Bunny was said to be first to lay colored eggs.
What is an Easter without tasty candies? Now-a-days candies come in different colors and flavors making them a really exciting gift. Kids simply adore these and so do the adults and hence, a traditional Easter basket full of candy is always welcomed by anyone who receives them as a present.
Unlike, Christmas, Easter is not celebrated on any particular date and hence it is called a moveable feast. The date of Easter is calculated according to the lunar calendar and is based on the date of the vernal equinox. The decision to celebrate Easter on Sunday was taken in 325. That year the Council of Nicaea decreed that the Easter Day should always be observed on the first Sunday which is after the first full moon which would take place on or after the vernal equinox. As such, Easter can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25.
Easter, also known as the movable feast, is the most important holiday in the Christian calendar. This festival celebrates the resurrection of Christ from the dead, following the crucifixion. According to the New Testament, once a lady named Mary Magdalene visited the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. An angel visited and told her that Jesus has risen. Since that time Easter is celebrated worldwide. The day of Easter usually falls on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or just after the vernal equinox which is based on the lunisolar calendar. It is not a fixed date on the Gregorian calendar. Easter is basically the culmination of the Passion of Jesus which is preceded by Lent and is a forty day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. Lent is the time when the Christian community fasts or give up a particular type of food to remember the time when Jesus fasted for forty days. It is usually observed in the month of February or March. This year Easter will be celebrated on April 21, 2019.
The tradition of making cakes on Easter started with the ancient Anglo-Saxon community who used to bake small wheat cakes, known as hot Easter buns to offer to their deity. It is still very much an integral part of the popular culture in different parts of the world and is often traditionally referred to as Easter cakes. These cakes were made and offered to the Goddess of spring, Eostre to please her and seek her blessings for a good harvest.
When Christianity became the chief religion of Europe the church replaced the wheat cakes with sweet beards blessed by it and thus the tradition begun.
A traditional Easter cake has different names depending on the places it is being made. The traditional sweet breads of Czech and Poland served during the festival are known respectively as babobka and baba. The Greek and the Portugese serve a flat round bread marked with a cross for the occasion. Following the traditions they decorate it with Easter eggs. The Christians of Syria and Jordan serve honey pastries on Easter.
Sift the flour so that there is no lump in it. Then mix salt and grounded spices into it. Add butter and mix well. Then add sugar, yeast, and lemon zest to the mix and blend. In a separate bowl beat the egg with milk and gradually add the flour mixture to it.
Dust the work surface with flour and turn the dough out in it. Add dried fruit to it and knead well for 5 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth. In a greased pan put the dough and cover it with a wet towel. Set aside the dough to rest and rise for an hour. Repeat the process of kneading and again allow the dough to sit for another 30 minutes.
Take the dough out again on the dusted work surface and divide into twelve equal balls. Allow the buns to rest for another 5 to 10 minutes. Grease a baking tray and put the slightly flattened buns in it at equal distances. Preheat your oven at 240 C or 475 F.
Now in a separate bowl add flour, sugar and water to form a paste. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag and decorate each bun with a cross.
Put the buns in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes or until they are golden brown in color. Brush golden syrup in the buns when they are hot. Set them aside to cool off in a wire rack before serving.
First fold a piece of paper in half to form the body of the card. On the front of the card, draw a figure of a person. Use the ribbon for the arms and legs and cut out different sizes from the paper to make the body, head, hands, and feet. If your kid is having a problem in cutting the paper, help him/her out. Your kid can write whatever he/ she want to inside the card.
Get a bit creative. Use water colors to paint various designs on your eggs. These can be designs of lovely Spring flowers, animals, rural scenery, favorite cartoon characters or any other that you prefer. These are apt for decorating the house.