Ministry of Education, Guyana

Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Schools start Easter holidays

Easter holidays have begun as schools across the country took part in kite flying, picnicking and generally enjoying themselves.

The Easter feeling signals a new beginning of nature, spring, friendship and joy. Many children set out in their numbers yesterday for the National Park, all dressed with their bunny outfits and beautifully coloured.
‘Miss Carol’ (only name given), a teacher from the Sophia Nursery School, told Guyana Times that she is very happy to see the bright smiles of the children as they took part in the annual Easter celebrations.
She noted that Easter has always been her favourite occasion, as she loves to share her knowledge so as to ensure that the children are aware of this significant occasion.
In addition, she stated that their event began earlier in the day where a special programme was organized at the school and children were given the opportunity to witness a live performance, portraying the different aspects of Easter.
She also urged all parents to ensure that their children fly their kites in a safe environment.
Guyana Times also spoke to a few of the teachers at the National Park and they all shared the same sentiments.
“Easter is a time to reflect on the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it’s a time when families come together and enjoy the various Easter festivities,” said one teacher.
Easter is a special time in Guyana. It is one of the countries in which Easter Monday is celebrated with lots of kite-flying, symbolising the risen Christ. It is a National holiday and kite-flying celebrations are held throughout the country. The secular celebration of Easter is indeed spectacular.
Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry – a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations from the devil.
The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is a last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called the Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples.
Good Friday honours the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring.
As with Christmas, over the centuries ,various folk customs and traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday.

Source: Guyana Times

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