Next week it will be Easter and the Spring equinox! This week let`s look at how Chinese people celebrate this worldwide known holiday. In China, Easter is only a special holiday for the Catholics, Orthodox and most established Christian churches. Millions of Christians celebrate in some fashion. And even beyond the religious implications, Easter has much significance in the Chinese culture. For them, Easter is an onset of spring which is celebrated on the spring equinox. Eggs, rabbits, and baby chicks form the symbols of the spring festival (Easter) in China which is quite similar to the traditions of Western countries.
How people celebrate Easter varies widely. For Christians, the point of Easter is to commemorate Christ’s resurrection from the dead three days after crucifixion. Some of the established churches with buildings treat it like a mini Chinese New Year complete with red paper slogans called chūnlián (春联) on the church building and in the homes, special bands or music, and special decorations.
For many people, especially for children, eating and painting Easter eggs (复活节彩色蛋, Fuhuojie caisedan) is the most important and fun custom on Easter Sunday. Among Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox around Russian influenced Heilongjiang Province, making, painting, and decorating Easter eggs is a special custom. Easter is one of the most important festivals for Russian Orthodox, and it is believed in Russia that Easter eggs means new life. The Russians and Chinese Orthodox love this custom. You might see pictures of a Chinese-looking Jesus painted on the eggs! These eggs are painted in a unique way by first draining them and then finely painting with intricate images of depicting women, sceneries, and other beautiful designs. Jade and woods are smoothed and carved into shapes of eggs to symbolize the “dragon egg”. All these are then given as gifts in wishes of growth and many children.
You can always celebrate Easter with a fantastic meal with your family, preferably at Parkside Restaurant! Check our menu and order in or book a table and come by!