Today begins a week of reflection and renewal for Christians. At least it should. However, I suspect that for many people it is the beginning of a week of shopping, planning, and preparation for a weekend filled with pretty clothes, fabulous food, and colorful eggs. It seems that holidays not only become more commercial each year, but more complicated as well.
In education we are constantly reminded of the separation of church and state, yet no one ever seems to have a problem with any lesson or activity that stays on the secular side of the equation. We can have bunnies and chicks and eggs all over the place- it is only when we stray over to teaching a tiny bit of faith that we get into trouble. I would love to teach the history of the symbols of Easter, but that would be overstepping the boundary and would also be a bit beyond the comprehension of most kindergartners. However, I encourage you to read about the history of the Easter bunny, eggs, new clothes, pretzels, lilies, lambs, and hot cross buns. Fascinating!
You might also be interested in the history of holidays in the United States and why some holidays are federal and others are not. You will notice next weekend that many businesses will be closed on Good Friday, but not Easter Sunday. Another interesting bit of trivia.
I could have explained the Easter symbols to you or provided links to the information, but I don’t want to deprive you of the satisfaction of finding it yourself. You can thank me later…
Have a blessed day!