Hi I’m Theo, Lilinha’s husband and I am writing my first blog post. I decided to write this the other day as I was walking with my son at Willows Farm during the Easter holidays and I wanted to share what Easter means to me.
I have always loved Easter as a child, growing up in a Greek Orthodox family, Easter is a big occasion even bigger than Christmas. Our Easters always consisted of 50 days of Lent which is very strict, we usually give up meat and dairy products. It’s tough, but it is not even close to what Jesus went through when he was in the wilderness for 40 days without food or water.
The 1st day of Lent is called Clean Monday and it’s a bank holiday in Cyprus, all families gather together and go to the farm or the country side and have a meal of just vegetables. Sounds boring, but it’s a great day as we have lots of fun and games.
The last week before Easter is called Holy Week, I was always dragged to church every night that week but I always remember enjoying it. The Saturday night service is called ‘the good word’ when the word came out that Christ has risen, and after the service, usually a big bonfire is set and all people from the village would gather round and have a nice big BBQ to celebrate the end of lent.
Easter to me is not about eggs or bunnies, it’s all about Jesus. It’s what Christianity is built upon, it’s the time that Jesus died for our sins when he went through all the pain to save mankind and that through him we will have everlasting life.
Easter is a time to remember what Christ did and as John 3:16 says ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life’.
So during these holy days let’s just take time out to remember what Easter is all about and why we are here in this amazing world.
We found a video that explains Easter for Kids, our son enjoyed watching:
May we all remember the true meaning of Easter. Happy Easter!