Easter History, Facts
and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Easter theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The history of Easter proves that Easter is the oldest of the Christian holidays and is the most important event of the church during the year. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after he was put to death by crucifixion. Further, all of the feasts and the whole liturgical worshipping year are centered and arranged around this holiday.

Preceeded by a season of a 40-day period of fasting a repenting, called Lent, this culminates in the Holy Week. Although most people just celebrate the single Easter Day, this is followed by a 50-day Easter season, stretching from Easter to Pentecost.

The history of the naming of the holiday is uncertain. But it is thought to be derived from Estre, which is an Anglo-Saxon goddess of the spring season. In parts of Europe, such as France and Italy, it is celebrated as a seven-day feast. This celebration is also recognized in Spain, Scotland, Sweden and other countries.

Because the date is always different, the method to determine the date is complex. But simply put, it is celebrated by Western churches on the first Sunday after the first full moon, which is based on the 84-year paschal cycles which were established in the sixth century, and after the spring equinox. It is a complicated calculation, and Easter can end up being anywhere from March 22nd to April 25th of each year

During the 20th Century, there had been discussions about possibly agreeing on a worldwide consistent date for the Easter celebration. But no resolution has been made so far. Group activities and games can be used to keep the guests entertained while keeping them busy at the same time. Pick your favorite music and play it softly in the background before your guests arrive, to help you calm down and start to relax. Group activities and games can be used to keep the guests entertained while keeping them busy at the same time. The history of Easter has a different interpretations by each person. This is general facts about Easter.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Easter to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

History of Easter
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