Easter Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Instructor: Andrew Coley

Andy is an instructional coach and curriculum specialist. He's working on a Masters of Educational Leadership and is also an aspiring author for kids.

Learn about the history of Easter and why it is celebrated. Read about some of the traditions associated with the holiday, and the origin of these customs.

What is Easter All About?

Bunnies, hiding eggs, eating candy, what could be better than all that! But what exactly do they have to do with Easter? Bunnies don't even lay eggs! Well, actually Easter didn't start with any painted eggs or bunnies hiding them in the backyard. Those traditions, which are habits that are passed down over time, came later. Easter is really about a very important part of the Christian religion.

What Does Easter Celebrate?

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus Christ dying on a cross, and then being resurrected, or brought back to life, three days later. This is very important to Christians because they believe that Jesus is the son of God whose death clears their sin. Christians spend the weekend remembering what Christ did for them, starting on Good Friday, the day they believe Jesus died on the cross, to Easter Sunday, the day they believe that Jesus was resurrected. But in some groups of Christians, the preparation to celebrate starts a lot earlier than Good Friday.

Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected, spent some time on earth, and then went to heaven.

What is Lent?

Lent is a very important part of Easter for many Christians around the world. This is a time of prayer and preparation for 40 days before Easter Sunday. During that period of time, people will give up something they really enjoy, like candy or soda. They do this to help remember a time in Jesus' life that he wandered through the desert for 40 days while being tried and tempted. While Lent has been celebrated differently over the years, it has been part of celebrating Jesus on the cross for over 1700 years!

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