Easter Family Games and Traditions
What is Easter about?
Easter is a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is a moveable feast, Easter Sunday can fall on any date between March 22nd and April 25th. It always occurs on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, the first Sunday following the full Moon that occurs on or after the March or spring equinox.
Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays, and it’s celebrated in churches all over the world. Many people also celebrate Easter with their families and friends.
One important question that is asked by elder kids quite often: then what is that with the Easter Bunny and how do the eggs come to Easter traditions?
According to Wikipedia “The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. In Christianity, it became associated with Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. The custom of the Easter egg originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. As such, for Christians, the Easter egg is a symbol of the empty tomb. The oldest tradition is to use dyed chicken eggs.”
And the Bunny?
According to the same article, “A custom originating in Germany, the Easter Bunny is a popular legendary anthropomorphic Easter gift-giving character analogous to Santa Claus in American culture. Many children around the world follow the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving baskets of candy. Historically, foxes, cranes and storks were also sometimes named as the mystical creatures. Since the rabbit is a pest in Australia, the Easter Bilby is available as an alternative.”
What are some interesting Easter traditions around the world?
In Sweden, people set up an Easter bonfire on Good Friday to burn straw effigies of witches. In France, people eat hard-boiled eggs at Easter. In Germany, children put baskets full of candy on the front steps of their neighbors’ houses.
I collected some other traditions from fellow bloggers:
“While I’m not sure how unique or interesting they are, it’s a lot of Easter baskets for our kids and egg hunting. Typically, you’ll attend a church that morning for a special Easter service, sometimes with a meal afterwards.” – Mckaya, USA, author of the Everydayshemoms blog.
“We have this religious tradition of blessing food on Holy Saturday. We put some boiled eggs, some bread, salt, grated horseradish, some ham or smoked sausage, some Easter cake and a piece of butter in the shape of a lamb into a basket and we take it in front of a priest to be blessed with holy water. On Easter Sunday we begin our traditional abundant hot breakfast with sharing these blessed foods. Kids love this tradition! And the great thing is you can turn it into a secular tradition and just put some food in the basket, decorate it and then share with your family on Easter.” – Anna, Poland, author of the Bright Mommy Light blog.
“Besides coloring eggs, my kids love to draw. So I decided to make a new tradition and made them an Easter coloring and activity book. They loved it! A great way for them to learn and have fun during this family holiday.” – Marina, Croatia. You can get her coloring and activity book form here!
“Painted eggs and sugar sheep in a basket.” – Igor, owner of the Travelbloggingacademy from Poland.
“In the United States, we celebrate Easter by attending local egg hunts, dying and decorating Easter eggs, attending church service, and having a family dinner with ham or turkey as the main dish. My family and I participate in local egg hunts and enjoy decorating Easter eggs each year as well as attending our churches Easter service and having a big family dinner with all the grandparents.” – April, USA, author of the Chaos&Wine blog.
What family Easter activities and Easter games you can plan for this year?
Easter egg hunts are a great way to get your family outside and have fun. You can hide eggs in the yard or at a local park, or even in the house if you’re feeling crafty! Try making Easter baskets filled with treats like chocolate eggs and colored sugar candies, or bake some special cookies for your kids to decorate as an activity. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends.
Besides the egg hunt, we will prepare pained eggs for the boys (hopefully) coming sprinkling on Easter Monday 😊
If you like crafting as well, you can also try these bunny garlands, DIY bunnies, or just download this bunny svg and sew your own little bunny at home! We tried this latter one with my Daughter and I did not want to believe it, but she was putting it together alone (well, 80% alone, but still!) 😁
Hm, what other activities and games you might try this year?
“Every year we open our Easter baskets in the morning then get dressed to see our family and do a massive Easter egg hunt. We’ll typically have 100 – 300 eggs depending on how many we decorate the Friday and Saturday before. Then, we’ll all sit down and have a meal together! We don’t like to focus on candy, so most of our Easter baskets have their favorite snacks, a swimsuit and sandals for the upcoming season, and outdoor activities like chalk or water toys.” – Mckaya, USA
Fun Family Easter Traditions and Easter Games are great ways to bond as a family and make memories for everyone!