Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sweden and Easter Sunday

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

No,I am not in Sweden right now. But I had been there last July - August 2006 and has just taken the quiz How Swedish Are You?.The Result:8 of 10 - 80% Swedish
Nice one! You are 80 % Swedish! Learning the Swedish language will be a walk in the park for you. Just get a dictionary and get on the next plane. You are as much Swedish as late rock legend Jimi Hendrix who is also 80% Swedish.

One of the questions relates to Easter Sunday,which our family celebrates as part of our annual traditions. In Sweden, children dress up as little witches and go begging in the streets carrying broomsticks. This tradition takes place to ward off witches flying around between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

For our family, we made Easter as an opportunity to teach my nieces and nephews the connection between the common Easter traditions and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since Easter celebrates the final triumph of Jesus Christ at the end of his earthly mission as he overcame both sin and death,we made Easter celebration meaningful,and one in which the family will grow in love and appreciation of the Savior.

After the lesson, we let the kids look for the colored eggs. The eggs are symbols of rebirth and new life. For countries with long hard winters which meant little food, a fresh egg for Easter was quite a prize. Later, Christians abstained from eating meat during the Lenten season prior to Easter. Easter was the first chance to enjoy eggs and meat after the long abstinence. With this,our family also had the egg hunting.

Last year,we hid plastic colored during sunrise and so the kids had their egg hunt as soon as they woke up. Since they are plastic, we put coins and chocolates inside and those who gathered the most number of eggs win additional cash prize.

For this year,we use real eggs.I had the one letter of the word 'EASTER' written on each egg in different colors. Each child need to find 6 eggs and form the word EASTER. The letters must be of the same color except the specially colored egg which is a 'bonus' egg. The first to form the word EASTER gets P150,P100 and P50 respectively and the specially colored egg is an additional P50. Those who finished gets P20 and every child gets the 6 eggs!!

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