With the year that we’ve had, it is finally time to start looking forward to one of the most popular holidays of the year. With March slowly creeping in on us, it is time to start planning our Easter celebrations. It is pretty clear that this year celebrating a holiday will look a bit different, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t clebrate, however. So, if you are planning a nice family get together for Easter, good for you! After all, we all need that type of thing at the moment. What’s more, if you need time to prepare, but your kids are at home and in your way, we have got you covered. We have gathered 40 Easter coloring pages which are going to keep your kids entertained while you are making all of the necessary arrangements for your nice Easter get together.
Happy Easter from all of us at Archzine
When is Easter 2021?
This year Easter is going to be on Sunday, April 4th. Each year, the holiday is on a different day somewhere between March 22nd and April 25th. It is celebrated one week after March’s full moon, which is March 28th this year. This full moon is also the first full moon after the spring equinox, which is why the holiday is very closely related to the celebration of spring and is also known as Paschal Full Moon. The Eastern Orthodox Church, on the other hand, is going to celebrate the holiday on May 2nd. That is because it follows the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian, which means that their observance of Easter occurs anywhere between April 4th and May 8th. Once again, it is also different every year.
Have you started planning for April 4th
What is Easter and why is it celebrated?
Easter is a Christian holiday, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, the resurrection occured three days after Christ was crucified. Easter is also the day which concludes a series of events, known as “Passion of the Christ”. These events include 40 days of fasting an praying and the “Holy Week”. The “Holy Week”, on the other hand, consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Holy Thursday is the day in which Jesus had his last supper with his 12 apostles. On Good Friday the crucifixion was observed, which, in turn, led to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is believed that the word “Easter” comes from Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility and spring.
Easter coloring pages for the little ones
What are some Easter traditions around the world
There are a few traditions, which are closely associated with Easter. These traditions can be observed all over the world. And, although there are some which are specific to certain countries or regions, there are still those, which are popular worldwide. The interesting thing is, however, that although the holiday is Christian, most of its traditions are believed to be pagan. That, however, doesn’t stop people from all over the world to observe the holiday with its customs every year.
It is believed that most of the Easter traditions are actually pagan
Easter coloring pages with eggs are so popular
Dyeing eggs is probably the most popular Easter tradition. The legend says that Mary Magdalene brought a basket full of eggs to Jesus’ crucifixion. A few drops of blood fell on the eggs, dyeing them red, hence where the egg dye comes from. Outside of the legend, it is believed that eggs represent rebirth and life. Which is exactly why they are associated with the holiday as well as spring time. Nowadays, people have come up with so many different ways to dye eggs, it is absolutely unbelievable. You can find so many different colors and patterns out there.
Dyeing eggs is a tradition observed worldwide
The legend of the Easter bunny
The reason we have so many Easter coloring pages with bunnies is because the Easter bunny is somewhat of a mascot for the holiday. Rabbits are known for their big litters and their fertility. It was believed that Easter bunnies layed eggs and then they decorated them. Once again, a tradition symbolizing birth and new life, bunnies are a must have decoration for your Easter decor. This, however is another pagan tradition associated with the goddess of fertility – Eostre.
Bunnies are the mascot of the holiday
As we already shared with you, it was believed that Easter bunnies layed eggs and then decorated them. So, legend has it, that in order to get some decorated eggs, children would decorate baskets, reminiscent of nests and leave them outside for the Easter bunnies. Then, they would go and collect their gorgeously colorful, patterned eggs. Once again, this was a pagan tradition which made its way into modern day traditions.
Eggs and bunnies go hand in hand when it comes to Easter
Another pagan tradition closely associated with Easter. The egg hunt is also tightly connected to the Easter bunny. Apart from laying eggs and decorating them, it was also believed that Easter bunnies hid their eggs. Which, in turn, led to the modern day tradition of organising an egg hunt. Plus, this is such a fun activity, which gets the whole family involved.
Easter egg hunts are so much fun
Easter coloring pages for the whole family
Since the holiday is widely celebrated, it is a great time for you to spend with your family. What’s more, if you are tired of the egg hunt and want to relax a bit, what better way to just that than coloring. Coloring and drawing are proven to alleviate stress, improve motor skills, problem solving skills and improve your imagination and creativity. So, because of all of the reasons listed above, it is a great activity for the whole family, both kids and adults can do it. So, print out the cute images we have collected for you. Grab a few pencils or crayons and start coloring.
Coloring is a great activity for both kids and adults alike
Happy Easter everyone!
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Happy Easter from Spongebob Squarepants
Free printable Easter coloring pages
Easter bunny coloring pages
Easter egg coloring pages