Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter Candle Craft (Lambada)

Easter is almost here, and this is the first year that Emma went to church during this period. She's 4 now and is able to appreciate more what is going on around her.  She really enjoyed it. Greek Orthodox celebrations (at least in Cyprus) are very dramatised.  The entire Holy Week is almost a theatrical performance.

My husband is the expert on this but as I understand it, on Thursday, women of the village stayed up all night in church dressing an epitaph (which symbolises Jesus' epitaph).  They diligently cover it with red and white flowers to have it ready for Holy Friday - saddest day in Christianity. On Holy Friday Jesus is dead and buried.  In the evening the epitaph is taken around the entire village mimicking a funeral pocession.   There is even a band walking in front of it playing sad music. The "play" continues on Saturday and Sunday.  This is the most importand holiday in Christianity. 

I am glad that its not as commercialsed as Christmas, although I can see this changing already.

Emma loved all this! When she came back, she was asleep but as I was putting her to bed she was talking about red flowers in her sleep :)

This year, Emma and I created Easter Candles (λαμπάδες).  I'm still contemplating whether she'll get to use them herself this year, beacuse that means being in church up at midnight on Saturday waiting for the light once Jesus has risen.

In any case, it was fun to make them...  Its is actually a really simple craft with so many possibilities!


What you'll need:
An Easter candle or any large candle will do
Glue (white glue won't work, it should be hot glue or UHU the liquid glue)
Thin Wire


Start from the top by rolling a ribbon all around the candle.  Secure it by gluing it to the candle at the bottom.  This picture includes white glue but I found out the hard way that white glue is not really the best to use.

We used the white ribbon to create a decorating base and then we added some of the beads to a thin wire and rolled it around the prepared candle.  We next took some more crafting ribbon to add color to the candle and to secure the beads.  Stick it to the candle using glue.

That is pretty much it, but there are so many other ways to decorate an Easter candle.  You could have ribbons and beads hanging from the candle for a fun effect.  You could have any color you like.  You could have little tiny animals hang off it, even fun pictures your child drew.  Possibilities are endless!

Happy Easter everybody!

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