Easter Questions

Easter Questions

Posted on 02. Apr, 2010 by in Missions

Wa painting in detail.

Wa painting in detail.

Paint eggs?”  Yes.
Can you eat them?”  Yup!
How do you paint them?”  With food coloring.
Why do you color the eggs?”  Um… to make them look pretty?  Well, it’s been a tradition for a long time.  Eggs symbolize new life, so people used to decorate them to give them as gifts.
Do you only do it during this month?”  We do it to prepare for Easter.
Where did you come up with this idea?”  It’s not a unique idea, I’ve done it every year since I was a young child!

For a fun, Easter-themed activity, we invited students from English Clinic to paint eggs with us today.  And they had fun :-)

Oud painting his egg

Oud painting his egg

After the abundance of Christmas paraphernalia seen in Bangkok, we somehow expected that people would know a little about Easter as well.  But that hasn’t been the case.  The idea of coloring eggs was totally foreign, as were many of the words on the Easter worksheets we’ve done with them this week.

Although, as I’ve been teaching about the holiday, there has been a lot that I didn’t know before.  Like where the Easter Bunny came from, and why eggs are an Easter symbol.  Or different traditions surrounding the Easter season (have you heard of “Pancake Day?” It’s like Fat Tuesday, but with pancakes).

3 reasons Easter is overlooked in Thailand.

1. There is no such thing as spring.  Trees stay green (or greenish) all year round, and in this part of the country, you never even need a jacket. Except in movie theaters – those places are like walk-in freezers!  The non-religious parts of Easter are all about celebrating the arrival of spring and the new life you can see popping up all around, so that doesn’t really translate.

2. There’s the whole Christianity thing.  Thai culture has never been strongly influenced by the Church.  Countries that do celebrate Easter have been.

3. Finally, and maybe most influentially, Easter falls very close to the biggest Thai holiday – Songkran, which is April 13-15.  Everyone has time off work and goes home to visit family.  I’m sure we’ll tell you more about it once we’ve actually experienced it, but from what we’ve heard, it’s basically a country-wide water fight!  So it easily overshadows Easter.

As a teacher, it’s been great to explain part of my culture to people interested in hearing about it.  As a missionary, it’s been great to have to explain words like “crucifixion” and “resurrection” without students feeling like I’m preaching at them.  It’s just part of the story of the holiday!  And those are the questions I love.

Why do you call it ‘Good’ Friday?”  I’m glad you asked

Woon dipping the egg in the dye

Woon dipping the egg in the dye

The finished eggs

The finished eggs

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