Orthodox Easter Traditions 🎨💒

The Orthodox church uses the Julian calendar for the calculation of Easter, whereas the Western churches use the Gregorian calendar. This difference can often mean that Orthodox Easter falls later than Easter observed elsewhere (usually a week later).

Modern Easter celebrations revolve around eggs.  They may be painted, rolled down hills or eaten if they are of the chocolate variety. 

The Christian tradition of egg represents rebirth and resurrection – new life being born from the egg. It’s also been said that egg recalls the shape of the stone that rolled away on Easter Sunday from the tomb that held Jesus’ body.

Many Christians will spend time at church in thought, prayer and celebration of Jesus Christ’s life, and may get together with friends and family for a special meal.

Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.

CL: The legend of the Easter eggs, colour recognition, opposites: hot/ cold, raw/ cooked, plain/ coloured PD: dying and decorating Easter eggs/ sticking activity, painting on a large surface with the aim of engaging large groups of muscle as well, maintaining balance on one hand whilst the other one carries on the task/ paints, appreciating distance and consideration of health and safety rules PSED: improving self-confidence and self-awareness, understanding the uniqueness of each individual and their culture, acceptance and tolerance M: counting, sorting, shape recognition, number symbols, consolidating the cardinal value of numbers and intriducing the idea of nominal value of numbers using eggs to subitise( see previous post for explanations) and numbers on the drawn eggs to differentiate the nominal value from the cardinal one UW: people and communities, respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs, familiarisation with Christian history and traditions EAD: exploring and using materials, being imaginative

We’ve extended learning today through painting egg shape numbers on the paper that protected the table in the previous activity. The purpose was also to reinforce the recycling concept and to encourage imaginative ways of using materials and expressing oneself.

Child led hopping activities 🐇 followed after.

Happy Easter Orthodox community!!

Next steps: reading books about different faiths and believes, learning about other cultures traditions, visiting different houses of worship, modeling positive behaviour

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