This webquest by Luke Vyner includes activities on the history of Easter, Easter symbols, celebrations around the world and little-known facts about the spring festival. It is free to all onestopenglish users.
What do you know about Easter and the history of Easter? Discuss your ideas with a partner.
b. Work in pairs to find out more about these Easter traditions. Student 1 reads section 1: Easter bunny and section 2: Easter eggs. Student 2 reads section 3: Easter candy and section 4: Easter parade. Before you read the weblink, decide whether you think the statements related to your sections are true (T) or false (F). Then, check your answers.
Section 1: Easter bunny
The Easter bunny traditions are actually referred to in the Bible.
The Easter bunny symbolizes fertility and new life.
It is derived from an old Danish tradition.
Children would leave snacks out for the bunny.
Section 2: Easter eggs
Easter eggs are most probably related to old pagan traditions.
It is believed that Easter eggs represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
According to some reports, the tradition of decorating Easter eggs has been around for a hundred years.
Every year, the White House holds an Easter egg rolling event on Easter Sunday.
Section 3: Easter candy
More sweets are sold in America at Easter time than during any other holiday.
Chocolate eggs have been a tradition in America for two centuries.
Today, the most popular non-chocolate Easter sweet in America is the jelly bean.
Marshmallow Peeps come in a variety of flavours.
Section 4: Easter parade
The Easter parade tradition in New York began in the mid-19th century.
The tradition is as popular today as it’s ever been.
Although the Easter parade tradition still lives on in Manhattan, its roads are no longer closed to traffic.
There are Easter parades in other cities in America nowadays.
Activity 3: Easter around the world
a. You will be given either a country or a group of countries to research. Consider the questions below and write a summary in your own words of what you have read.
What unique traditions does the country have?
What religious traditions do the people of the country practise?
What do people wear?
What do people eat?
Are there any special days that are celebrated?
b. Share your findings with your classmates. What were the most interesting traditions? Which were the strangest?
Activity 4: Things you didn’t know about Easter!
a. How much more do you know about Easter? Complete the sentences below if you know the answers.