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Popular Culture surrounding Easter

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Unless you’re Christian or have read up about it, Easter for most people is just another holiday, as is Good Friday. In fact, it’s actually not unheard of that people have actually wished others a Happy Good Friday only to be met with weird looks. Because in fact, Good Friday isn’t so much a day to be celebrated  but rather one on which to reflect on those who sacrifice for our betterment. So what’s going on here, and most importantly, what do bunnies have to do with this story?

Well, to keep it absolutely simple, Good Friday is the day to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. He sacrificed himself because of his love for and belief in all humankind. As the story goes, he was buried on this day (hence the lack of celebration). Easter, which falls on Sunday, is to commemorate his resurrection, going on to prove the belief that he is in fact the Son of God.

But religious beliefs aside, Easter has grown to include many traditions over the years all across the world, that have very little to do with crucifixions and resurrections. The most popular of these are Easter eggs (and their painting), egg hunts, egg rolling, and of course, the Easter Bunny.

 

Easter Eggs

Traditionally made with actual eggs that have been emptied, they are now available in the market in a variety of materials, including plastic, specifically for the purpose of painting Easter eggs. Often carried out as a family activity or even classroom activity in schools, groups of kids get together to paint and decorate eggs to prepare for the hunt. (Want to learn how to paint your own eggs? Head here for a quick and easy tutorial).

Image source - Typically Simple

Image source – Typically Simple

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Traditionally, eggs are hidden around the garden or the house early morning on Easter Sunday, and once they children wake up, they are each handed a wicker basket and tasked with finding as many eggs as possible. Some families often host an Egg Hunt for all the kids in the neighbourhood, and sometimes these are turned into complex hunts featuring puzzles and clues to solve.

Image source - Kidtivity.com

Image source – Kidtivity.com

 

Egg Rolling

Traditionally done with children rolling eggs down a hillside, now these are often done on any park or house lawn. As in a race, each child is given an egg and a long stick or spoon with which to push or roll the egg towards the finish line. This is so popular that the President of the United States hosts an Easter Sunday Egg Roll every year on the White House lawns for children.

Image source - Las Vegas Review Journal

Image source – Las Vegas Review Journal

 

Easter Bunny

A typical association with Easter is now the bunny, often sitting with or in a basket full of colored eggs. Though there are many (really, many) versions and ideas as to why bunnies are associated with Easter, we’re not sticking with any one of them. Too unverifiable. Instead, we’ll just sit here and enjoy the cuteness. Just like the Christmas Tree and Santa Claus, we’re not interested in arguing about why or where. We just want the Easter Bunny to bring us a big basket of egg-shaped chocolates.

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Image source – Reader’s Digest

 

Wish you all a very Happy Easter! May you feel renewed and ready to take charge of healthy changes!

DIY of the Week – Easter Eggs 4 Ways!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

While Easter itself is a very important day, the crafter inside of us can’t help but love all the imagery and fantasy that is also associated with the day. The bunnies, and baskets of eggs, and all those chocolates in the perfect shapes! What’s not to love?

One of our personal favorite things to do at this time of the year while growing up was getting together in a large group to have a nice afternoon painting and decorating our eggs for the big Easter egg hunt. To commemorate the lovely memories, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to decorate your own basket of Easter eggs!

Image source - Times Higher Education

Image source – Times Higher Education

 

What you need:

1. Eggs that have been emptied (all you need is a safety pin, a YouTube tutorial, and slightly steady hands)

2. Paints (Method 1)

3. Paintbrushes (Method 1)

4. Dyes (Method 2)

5. Rubber bands (Method 2 and 4)

6. Disposable cups (Method 2 and 3)

7. Nail Paints (Method 3)

8. Toothpick (Method 3)

9. Patterned tissue papers (Method 4)

 

 

What to do:

METHOD 1 – PAINT

Take your eggs, and using your paintbrush and paints, paint freehand designs, or you can even draw eyes and a mouth, or make animal faces. The possibilities and color combinations are endless, and each egg can have its own signature style!

Image source - Crafty Morning

Image source – Crafty Morning

 

METHOD 2 – TIE-DYE

Wrap a rubber band or two around each egg (Make sure it’s not too tight, otherwise you might crack the shell). Filling each disposable cup with a different dye color concoction (halfway only), dip an egg in each different colored cup. (Your egg should be half or less than half dipped into the liquid). Once the color holds fast, switch them into different cups and colors, turning them around to get the rest of the egg. Once done and dry, just remove the rubber bands.

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Image source – Best Home Chef

 

METHOD 3 – MARBLED

Taking a disposable cup, fill it half with water and drop several drops of different nail polish colors. Taking a toothpick, lightly swirl the colors till they form a random mixed design. Now delicately and lightly dip the egg onto this swirl pattern, turning the egg slowly as you go along. The design will start adhering to the egg’s surface. Let dry.

Image source - Hello Glow

Image source – Hello Glow

 

METHOD 4 – TISSUE DYED

Cover the egg with a patterned tissue and bring it together and tie the top with a rubber band. Now cover the tissue surface with drops of the dye, alternating between colors and spaces. Leave for some time, then remove the tissue. The self pattern on the tissue will have transferred onto the egg’s shell in the various colors of the dye.

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

Happy Crafting and Happy Easter!