Before Easter, there is a time of waiting called Lent. The arrival of Lent is often celebrated by pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Lent is 40 days long, which represents the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. During this time he fasted. This is why we also give-up foods – things we really enjoy, like chocolate, crisps, ice-cream!
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This year Lent begins on the 6th March, which is Ash Wednesday. During Lent we remember the times when we haven’t acted in ways God would want us to. On Ash Wednesday we place the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes. Ashes were a way for people to be humble before God (you can read the story Jonah in the Bible to learn more).
On Easter Sunday, 21st April, we’ll celebrate the Resurrection. This is the word we use to describe Jesus being raised from the dead after he died on the cross on Good Friday. To celebrate fasts are finished. We normally eat Easter eggs because eggs are a symbol of renewal and re-birth, just like the Resurrection.