OUS Global Center and the OUS Study Support Center held two Easter activities.
Many grocery stores around Okayama had Easter displays with pictures of Easter eggs and the Easter Rabbit. Easter is the commemoration of the rebirth of Jesus three days after dying on the cross. Because of this, Easter is more important than Christmas in some countries. April 17th was Easter Sunday.
On April 26th, 15 OUS students came to Sky Lounge on the 2nd floor of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Building to paint Easter Eggs. Students used cray-pas to draw designs or write messages on hard-boiled eggs. After finishing, they placed their egg in a mixture of hot water, white vinegar, and red, yellow, green, and blue liquid food coloring. They had a colorful array of beautifully decorated Easter eggs five minutes later. Historically, Easter was a celebration of the Spring equinox. With spring comes the rebirth of leaves and flowers with all their colors and wildlife. People used to buy or make their own Easter Eggs given to friends or their sweethearts as gifts.
When seeing the Easter displays at the stores, some people may ask, “Why a rabbit?” A person growing up in a western country might ask about a mouse, cow, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. No one knows, but using the rabbit as a symbol of Easter started in Germany around 1682. Eventually, a tradition began where children woke up on Easter morning and searched for Easter eggs, sweets, and toys the Easter Rabbit hid around the house or in the yard. Good children received Easter gifts, and misbehaving children did not. Sound familiar?
On April 27th, ten OUS students and teachers came to Sky Lounge for an Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Rabbit hides thirty plastic eggs filled with sweets in various places in the lounge. Some were hidden in windows, inside curtains, under chairs, and many other places. It took students 20 minutes to find all of the eggs. Some caught as many as six.
The Easter Egg Painting and the Easter Egg Hunt were Lunch Break English activities. Lunch Break English is an activity held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 13:15 at the Global Center on the 4th floor of the C1 building.