Easter is a Christian festival marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Preceded by Lent - a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance - Easter begins on Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper of Christ and his disciples. Good Friday symbolises Christ's crucifixion and subsequent death while Pentecost Sunday celebrates the day Christ rose from the grave. Families traditionally attend church services and Easter parades during this period, and children join in egg hunts and receive chocolate eggs.

Easter excitement

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 April, 2006, 12:00am

Easter is just around the corner and there are lots of 'egg-citing' activities lined up. Once you've had your fill of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, hop along and get involved.

Music fans won't want to miss the 10 great acts from the YRock programme. The fun kicks off at the Hard Rock Cafe at 11am today with a three-hour family-friendly gig.

The lineup includes pop rock band Disposable Heroes, rapper Ghost Souljah and hardcore rock group Exit On 12. There will also be solo performances by singers Kathryn Price and Sabrina Hinchliffe. The $120 cover charge ($180 for those over 18) includes lunch. For more information, call 2375 1323.

If you thought Easter eggs could only be decorated with paint, visit Sha Tin New Town Plaza. Artist Greg Martin will demonstrate his flair for carving designs on hollow ostrich eggs at the mall from Thursday to April 17 at 3pm and 4.30pm.

The American artist is famous for carving the Nasa logo on an ostrich egg for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

He will carve designs with a Hong Kong theme into an emu egg and an ostrich egg during his visit.

The delicate art of ostrich egg carving has been around for hundreds of years, said Martin. It was started by African bushmen.

The world's most famous and elaborate egg carvings are by Carl Faberge, a goldsmith who was commissioned by a Russian tsar to make Easter gifts for his family in the 1800s.

Martin started carving ostrich eggs 10 years ago. 'The ostrich egg is the best egg for carving, due to its thickness,' he said.

The biggest challenge is the elaborate work. Pieces of shell are gently tapped out to create the image.

Steady hands are needed, so he avoids drinking coffee while working.

Martin paints his eggs with a kaleidoscope of colours because 'the world needs more colours'.

The mall will display more than 40 eggs, carved with designs of animals, scenes of nature and famous people, such as William Shakespeare and David Beckham.

You can have your picture taken with an ostrich egg during the exhibition.

If you've decorated an Easter egg and want to do something daring with it, you can team up with your family for a fun-filled contest.

An Easter egg dropping contest will take place on Friday from 2pm to 4pm at Park Central in Tseung Kwan O.

Teams of no more than three family members are invited to make a device that will protect an egg from a four-metre drop.

One creative team last year used a plastic bag to create a parachute for an egg that was cradled in a paper cup.

Kulwinder Kaur, 11, will team up with her father for the contest. They plan to dress like their egg, which will be painted black and decorated with stars.

'I want to show my creativity and ability. It doesn't matter if I win, because I know it's going to be fun.' To protect her egg, she plans to wrap it in paper and put it in a basket.

The winning team will get a five-day tour of Taiwan. Application forms can be downloaded from www.shkp.com/en/scripts/property/property_mall.php. Entry deadline is Thursday. More information on 2541 7111.

Football fans should not miss the Easter Soccer Camp organised by the Brazilian Soccer Schools and Premier Sport and Leisure. Aimed at active young people aged between five and 14, it will take place from April 21 to 23 at the Lions Junk Bay Youth Camp.

There will be an array of sports activities, such as football, archery and hiking, as well as arts and crafts. Application deadline is April 18 and the fee is $1,300. For more information, call 9278 2774.

If you want to see egg art by children, head down to Great Food Hall in Pacific Place. Sixty hand-painted Easter eggs by young members of the Hans Andersen Club are on display until April 20. Visitors can also donate money to help young people in need.

Also, keep your eye out for the Easter bunny, who will be hopping through Toy 'R' Us outlets until 23. If you catch him, you'll get stickers to decorate eggs, as well as a goody bag.


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