Why is Easter celebrated?
It is the day on which Jesus Christ rose from the dead (‘resurrection’).
What is Good Friday?
The Friday before Easter Sunday is called Good Friday.
Why do we celebrate the festival with Easter eggs?
Eggs are thought to celebrate new life. Hence, similar to how our Christ rose to life from the dead, Easter eggs are believed to be special since they too have life within them.
What about the Easter bunny?
I simply tell my kids that a bunny is the most cheerful animal that hops, skips and jumps, and hence it comes to be associated with the happy Easter festival (my dad used to tell me this tale and so it needs to be passed on from generation to generation!).
While it may not be possible to let your kid in into the exact story behind Easter, a basic, true version of the series of events should be enough for them initially. To do this, it is important to adopt a child-friendly manner of narration, since stories of crucifixion and resurrection may be too complex for them to comprehend for the time being. If the kids are very young, perhaps you could introduce them to some enticing picture books – Where are Baby’s Easter eggs (by Karen Katz), Peter Rabbit’s Happy Easter (by Grace Maccarone) or The Night Before Easter (by Natasha Wing) are good options to begin with.
May your Easter basket be full of joy, happiness and peace today and always!