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I have to admit to feeling a few frustrations this Easter. Yes, it was nice to get a long weekend off school; yes, it was nice to spend a few bonus days doing things I enjoy; yes, it I enjoyed my Easter eggs. But, even so…

… the thing that irritated me is this: Easter is supposed to be in spring.

Easter is a northern hemisphere celebration of new life. Whilst the Christian church celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus, Easter is a festival that goes back long before that. The word ‘Easter’ comes from the same root as the English scientific word ‘oestrogen’. Oestrogen is the chemical in the female body that allows them to reproduce – not just in humans, but in all animals. Easter, then, is the time of year when there’s a celebration of all the cute little things running, hopping or flapping around: calves, lambs, chicks, young birds – fledglings – and, yes, bunnies.

Easter, if we are correct about these things, needs to be in spring. Here, in the southern hemisphere, Easter is at the start of autumn and not spring.

And, as we know, autumn is the opposite of the new life of Easter. Autumn is when the trees drop leaves, animals prepare for winter hibernation, the days are shorter and things are turning colder.

So. Here’s an idea: move Easter!

Easter can still stay in March or April in the northern hemisphere (when the date of Easter actually is, because it moves every year, is a complicated business to work out) but in New Zealand, Australia and other southern-hemisphere countries, we should move it our spring.

Late October or early November is an ideal time. It’s soon enough after midwinter, and there are animals appearing the fields and trees. And far enough away from Christmas.

Or we could move Christmas too… Now, there’s a thought…!

Article written by Ben Egerton

This is an opinion-based article designed to provoke debate, discussion and further inquiry
amongst your students:

Critical Thinking Challenges:

1. Should we celebrate Easter?

2. Why do southern hemisphere countries have to have their major holidays and festivals decided by northern hemisphere countries?

3. Many of our holidays and festivals are based on the Christian church. Is that still important today?

4. Is it more important to celebrate things like Anzac Day and Waitangi Day than ancient festivals?

Practical Tasks:

1. Find a calendar which has holidays, saints’ days, festivals marked on it. How many days a year are taken up by them?

2. What would happen – what would the implications be – do you think, if Easter was actually moved?

3. Holidays – in my opinion – need to be spread out equally during the year. One in summer, one in winter, one in spring and one in autumn. If you were deciding when they’d be and what to call them, what would you do?

Have Your Say:

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18 Responses

  1. Maybe we should move Easter to spring, and Halloween to Autumn, like swag there dates. Easter – 31st October, and Halloween – Maybe on 31st of April.

    Just a thought.

  2. I think Easter is fine where it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I think its a good idea, because when you see all the patterns on the easter eggs, they are light blue, pink, and yellow!

  4. if you did move it you could go to north and have Easter there and Christmas too (!) then go back to nz after Easter for more Christmas and then easter and back north!

  5. why should we move Easter? are you actually being logical? you cant just move Easter just because ‘its not spring like on the pictures’. Easter is when Jesus became alive again and that’s why we celebrate Easter then. the products have been made in countries that celebrate Easter in spring. And don’t even get me started why we should move Christmas as well…

  6. Well, I’m full on christian. Easter is the rebirth of christ. I think we can all agree that it would be a lot easier if Jesus was born in spring though. Lol. But I think spring is also the sign of Easter. So I think the best thing to do, would be; to. Move. Spring. I know, MIND BLOWN…..But, although you can move the name, you can’t move the season all together. So instead, that makes spring the sign of the first frost, raking leaves, so on and so on. So, what comes next? I know. Keep Easter, but move it too. Seems impossible right? Well not if you give Easter a new name, like Day Of Christ, or something, and that becomes the christians day of celebrating the birth of christ, then move Easter to spring. So basically, you add another holiday to the year. Plus….It means more time of school!!!!

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