Easter in Singapore
So the plethora of chicks, eggs, bunnies, and pastel colours signifies spring and stuff huh, i commented about a month ago, but was corrected by an Irishman who claimed that they were meant to signify the new life that accompanies the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Hmmm but then what could be the significance of the egg hunt? In any event, no one was going to let arguments about the pagan origins of Easter get in the way of an event worth celebrating (regardless of the exact date that Jesus did actually rise again).
(one of the usually too-cool-for-school boys almost fell over in excitement upon sighting this rainbow cake)
I’d think that Easter is far more worth celebrating than Christmas – the death and resurrection of Jesus more than his birth (although technically, he had to be born to die etc). His resurrection is a bit like a rainbow, because both signify certain of God’s promises, though Jesus’ resurrection gives actual proof that God has been faithful.
The historical fact of Jesus’ resurrection demonstrates, inter alia:
1. that God had been faithful to his promises in the Old Testament to send his suffering servant and divine king to the world to save us – when he was alive, Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. The Jewish leaders then persuaded the authorities to have him crucified for claiming to be equal to God. Unfortunately, they failed to consider that it isn’t heresy if the accused is actually divine. Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God proves also that he was/is who he claimed to be (Romans 1:4), because Isaiah has told us that this person would have no stately form or majesty that we should look upon him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to him. He would be despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face (Isaiah 53:1-3) and Psalm 16:10 has said that this awaited person would not be abandoned to Hades nor would he see decay (Psalm 16:10);
2. that God had been faithful to his promises in the Old Testament to save us from eternal death, the consequence of our constant rebellion against him. Jesus had said that his death would pay for our sins so that God’s wrath would pass over us (Romans 5:9), just as God’s judgement passed over the Israelites in Egypt, so that we can be reconciled to God and enjoy eternal life with him instead of gnashing our teeth for all eternity. But if Christ had not been raised, our faith in these promises is futile; we are still in our sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17). Death first came into the world as a consequence of the first man/woman’s rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). So if Jesus had just died, period, then he would have been just as deserving of death as any of us. However, Jesus was sinless, therefore, it was impossible for death to have any hold on him (Acts 2:23-24), thereby proving that our faith in God’s promises and Jesus’ claims is grounded in reality.
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).
“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds, to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29).
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. . . . And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:13, 15).
Therefore, to understand Easter as the celebration of the end of the Lenten period of fasting and deprivation is somewhat erroneous. The fact that Jesus rose again from the dead is simultaneously (1) the greatest warning that there will be a judgement day for all at some point in the future; and (2) the most wonderful comfort that his promise that whoever trusts in God’s Son will not perish at this certain future judgement, but will have eternal life.
*the mother of one of these children said he enjoyed the concept of fake money and a shop so much he requested this to be included in the party for his 7th birthday. Would want to understand why he found this so enjoyable!
Sources and Resources for Easter Partying and Egg Hunting in Singapore
Was pleased to observe that an Easter party and egg hunt is quite do-able even on a rather tight budget.
Cloth for bunting or other purposes from Spotlight (air-conditioned comfort) or People’s Park Complex (more choices, some chaos).
Pipe cleaner ducks and chicks, Easter hoppers also at Spotlight.
Though not specific to Easter, Spotlight has crepe garlands and bunny, rabbit-referencing items.
Paper lanterns, plastic and rattan baskets, string, plastic flowers and grass from Daiso.
More general chick and bunny items too at Daiso – socks, plastic cutlery, correction tape, and puffed rice in a carrot-shaped packet.
The Middle Road partyware shops that used to be at The Concourse stock loads of these, including piñatas (seen in some Easter parties). Three of them (P&G Party and Gifts, Heartlink Trading, and AZ Gift & Trading) are right next to each other.
SKP is worth a look as well, though its products are more functional than aesthetic.
Egg Decorating Kits and Aids
Egg decorating stencils at Spotlight.
Egg decorating kits, Cold Storage.
Egg decorating kits at The Middle Road party shops.
Easter Egg Hunt Baskets
Bamboo, felt?, and plastic ones at Spotlight with Easter-themed decorative details,
bamboo or rattan ones at Daiso or Victoria Wholesale Market. There is also a shop along Arab Street that has a good variety of baskets but they are rather dear and aren’t quite suited for little hands.
Cutlery, plates, bowls, tablecloths (plastic, paper as the case may be) in pastel and spring colours at Spotlight (great discounts on these sometimes that offer the same items at 50-90% discounts to real party shops like Party City).
Middle Road partyware shops have themed ware with relevant visuals.
SKP definitely, with its many branches islandwide, but you may not find appropriate colours.
Plastic Egg Shells for Easter Egg Hunt
The Middle Road partyware shops stock some discounted ones (smeared paint but otherwise serviceable, best deal was 36 normal-sized ones for S$10) and some in requisite pastels.
and at Cold Storage supermarket, together with brightly-coloured baskets, and shredded paper for nests.
Cold Storage – not all branches are alike and some branches had good 50-70% discounts on multi-coloured fruity mini marshmellows and Peeps.
Carrefour, Plaza Singapura
Kinder Surprise or Kinder Joy eggs with toys inside can be found almost everywhere but were cheapest, of all places, at Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy…presumably because their customers weren’t snapping them up.
Easter Egg Fillers
Hershey’s Kisses fit well, as do mini-sized Hershey’s and Mr. Goodmans bars.
You can get these at supermarkets or on discount from budget shops like Radha Exports‘ ABC Bargain Centre and Valudollar outlets.
There are many ways to conduct an egg hunt. Since safe space is a limited resource in Singapore, there may need to be some variation to the plain vanilla run-search-grab. Perhaps having different coloured eggs for different age groups to ensure everyone gets something, or dividing the kids up so that each group can only go for odd or even-numbered eggs etc. I went with staggering start-times and putting bunny money in the eggs together with the chocolates.
Bunny money – free download from Rosemary Wells. (Got a bit sidetracked here because there was some discussion about money supply, prices of goods, inflation, monetary policy, distribution of wealth.)
This meant the kids could use the bunny money to purchase what they wanted from the Bunny Shoppe (so there would be less waste) and get larger goodies as well, including:
discounted Stikfas and model cars from toy wholesaler, Tai Sing;
Hot Wheels, Glow-in-the-dark Dinosaurs and Stars, Zuru‘s Crazy Headz Rocket Shotz and Roomarangs, Bubbles, Playdough from the sale at Toys’r’Us, Miffy stickers and pouches from Daiso and Nanairo, another Japanese S$2 shop in the basement of Liang Court;
Plain Vanilla Bakery (facebook, 34A Lorong Mambong, Holland Village) does good mini cupcakes, and they tinted the buttercream on their moist carrot ones pretty pastels. All Good Things Bakery (facebook, 7 Rodyk Street, Watermark at Robertson Quay) does minis as well.
Jacqui Co. (facebook, 231 Jalan Kayu) baked this tender-crumbed rainbow cake, with the right gradation of colours. Sprinkled some millions (or thousands) for added effect.
Also stuck in some bunting made from the origami paper Daiso sells in packs of 330. Affixed to two satay stick flag poles with clove hitches.
Milkbar (facebook) does hot cross buns. Sandra handcuts orange peels and boils them together with granny smith apples and lemon pieces to create the candied fruit for the buns, adds dried sultanas soaked in rum until they plump up, and washes the baked buns with an apple and spice glaze. Cedele also offers hot cross buns in the following flavours: classic, apple and cinnamon, and sun-dried tomato and cheese wholewheat. Supplemented with a platter of mini ones from Marks & Spencers (half price as they neared their expiry dates). They all needed a bit of a toast before consumption.
Annie’s Homegrown, with its bunny-shaped products, rather fits the theme too.
Easter Chocolate and Candy Moulds