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I can’t believe that it is Easter and almost the end of Term 1 already! Some exciting news is that we will be sending out Electronic Academic Reports at the end of this term. Our Parents will be receiving both, Academic (Grade 4-12) and Code of Conduct Reports (Grade 8-12), by email.

A message was posted on the SchoolApp, which is now our primary form of communication, to our Marist Family. If you have not yet downloaded this App, please do so. As a Catholic Marist School, we have our traditional ways of celebrating Easter.

Here are the ‘Top 5 Easter Traditions From Around The World’ By Jessica Gusman.

“Easter is upon us! Easter Week began this past weekend with Palm Sunday and culminates in weekend commemorations of Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, and in some countries Easter Monday. Around the world, different cultures, countries, communities, and sects have their own traditions to celebrate the Easter holiday.

As Christians gather in churches across the globe to commemorate the resurrection of Christ, people everywhere are celebrating in their own ways by eating chocolate bunnies, going on Easter egg hunts and flying kites. Here are the HuffPost’s top 5 Easter traditions from around the world.

1) BERMUDA: Bermudians celebrate Good Friday by flying homemade kites, eating codfish cakes and eating hot cross buns. According to Bermuda-Online.org, the tradition is said to have begun when a local teacher from the British Army had difficulty explaining Christ’s ascension to Heaven to his Sunday school class. He made a kite, traditionally shaped like a cross, to illustrate the Ascension. The traditional Bermuda kites are made with colourful tissue paper, long tails, wood, metal, and string.

2) NORWAY: Norwegians have an interesting tradition for the season known for “Easter-Crime” or Paaskekrim. At this time of year, many around the country read mystery books or watch the televised crime detective series on national television, according to The Norway Post. Many families escape up to the mountains for the vacation week beginning the Friday before Palm Sunday and ending the Tuesday after Easter Monday. When spending time in a ski cabin in the mountains, a popular past time is playing Yahtzee, according to About.com. The image alongside shows Norwegian mystery novels on display during the Easter holiday.

3) EUROPE: In parts of North Western Europe large bonfires, called Easter Fires, are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. While there are various explanations for the origin of the Easter Fires, the most common Saxon tale is that Easter is a time when spring becomes victorious over winter and the fires were to chase the darkness of winter away. Today, however, the meaning of the fires is simply to bring communities together. The nights are festive with heavy consumption of gin, lager and snacks.

4) SWEDEN: A mainly secular holiday in the Lutheran country of Sweden, Easter is celebrated with meals of eggs, herring and Jansson’s Temptation (potato, onion and pickled sardines baked in cream). The most interesting tradition to come out of Sweden is that in the days leading up to Easter Sunday, children dress up as Easter witches, wearing old and discarded clothes, according to Sweden.se. Traveling from home to home in their neighbourhoods, the children trade paintings and drawings for sweets.

5) HAITI: In Haiti, Holy Week is marked by colourful parades and traditional “rara” music played on bamboo trumpets, maracas, drums, even coffee cans. According to About.com, the holiday is a mixture of Catholic and Voodoo traditions. Voodoo believers make an annual pilgrimage to the village of Souvenance. In the photo below devout voodoo believers hold a goat head and other parts, as offerings to the spirits, during a ceremony in Souvenance village, Haiti. Showing devotion to the spirits, the celebration is marked by drumming, chanting and animal sacrifices.

To those of you who will be travelling on our roads – be safe!

God bless!
Gary Norton-High School Principal