Easter is this coming Sunday, the most important festival of the Christian Church, commemorating the Resurrection of Christ: falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
Easter is symbolized with rebirth, here are some meaningful symbols and also some whimsical rebirth craft and baking ideas:
Love this idea of footprints making a butterfly design!
BUTTERFLY: Reminds Christians of the amazing transformation that takes place through Christ’s redemption and regeneration. When “born again” we become “a new creation”.
EGGS: a symbol of fertility, had a starring role in spring rites and festivals in ancient Egypt, Persia and Rome. They may have been painted to represent the bright colors and sunlight of spring and were given as gifts.
ANKH: An Egyptian cross symbolizing a mythical eternal life, rebirth, and the life-giving power of the sun.
FISH (Ichthys): Sometimes this early Christian symbol contains the name of JESUS or this set of Greek letters: “ΙΧΘΥΣ”. This acronym has traditionally referred to “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”
John 11:25–26LAMB: Symbolized Christ with a flag of victory. People enjoy eating the meat of a lamb. Now-a-days, little figures of lamb made out of sugar, pastry and butter have replaced the meat of lamb on many a Easter dinner table.
The Easter Bunny legend of an egg-laying rabbit that hid eggs in a garden was first documented in the 1500s, says Discovery News. The Easter Bunny tales came to the United States with German immigrants in the 1700s.
Every bunny needs a nest, so the practice of preparing nests for the eggs followed the legend. The basket, which also can be a symbol for a tomb, represents the nest, says a nun with the Sisters of St. Francis.
Bunny Fold for Napkins How-To
1. Fold starched napkin into thirds to form a rectangle. (If you’re using a square napkin, you’ll need to fold in half, and then fold in half again to get a long rectangular shape.)
2. Crease in half to create a center line for reference; fold top corners down along this line.
3. Fold up from bottom corners along dotted lines.
4. Bring left and right edges together on center line.
5. Flip upside down and over. Turn up bottom point.
6. To fasten: Fold left and right corners back; tuck one corner into the pocket of the other. Pull out bunny ears first; open up base