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Easter 2020

Easter is the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Western Church Easter is held between 21 March and 25 April, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.

Many Christians will spend time in thought and prayer this weekend, but for others Easter is about more modern traditions - Easter bunnies, Easter bonnets and, of course, Easter eggs!

In 1929, a pupil of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls explained the origin of the Easter egg to her fellow pupils in the school magazine:


[caption id="attachment_8406" align="aligncenter" width="369"]Twixt Road & Rail, 1929, Issue 19 Twixt Road & Rail, 1929, Issue 19[/caption]


Easter is also time for holidaying, the long school break ordinarily providing the perfect opportunity to travel. In 1938, a party of pupils from King Edward VI Five Ways School for Boys spent Easter at the Lycée Ampère in Lyon, with the worthy objective of fostering international goodwill:


[caption id="attachment_8407" align="aligncenter" width="398"]Five Ways School Magazine, 1938, Vol. 14, Issue 65 Five Ways School Magazine, 1938, Vol. 14, Issue 65[/caption]


Finally, the school magazines are littered with poems of various themes. ‘Easter’ written by a budding bard of King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, considers nature rather than religion as the subject of her poem:

[caption id="attachment_8408" align="aligncenter" width="382"]The Beacon magazine, 1924, Vol 1, Issue 2 The Beacon magazine, 1924, Vol 1, Issue 2[/caption]


With warm wishes for Easter from the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham.