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April 01, 2021
Easter is a holiday that people celebrate around the world. It doesn't matter where you live. You can always find a group of individuals who want to enjoy Easter.
A Christian holiday that acknowledges the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter happens on the "first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox." Because these factors determine when the holiday happens, there's no standard date for Easter. It could fall any time between March 22nd and April 25th. However, this unknown doesn't stop people from missing out on the holiday.
If you celebrate Easter, you always know when it's taking place. It doesn't matter the year. You never fail to find out when Easter is happening, whether from friends, family, churchgoers, or Google.
But why is it so important for you to find out when Easter is every year? The simple answer is that it's special to you. And whenever there's a meaningful holiday, there are usually meaningful traditions that surround it.
With Easter, in particular, traditions typically include quality time with other people in your best suit or dress. If you're looking for jewelry to compliment your outfit or home decor for events happening in your house, Khutsala Artisans has beautiful Swazi-made jewelry and decor that's inspired by Easter.
But before you check out the selection, let's dive into Easter traditions you may participate in. That way, you know which Swazi-made jewelry and decor to buy for each event.
Easter traditions that you make know
There are many different Easter traditions, but there are several that you may be the most familiar with, especially if you live in the U.S. or Canada. For example, here are five common Easter activities and the meaning of each.
Usually, when you think of Lent, you think about giving up something. That's what people tell you to do, but sometimes, they forget to explain why you need to do it.
To put it simply, Lent is a 40-day period where you reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the events that led up to it. One of the most significant events that led up to the resurrection was Jesus' time in the desert, where he fasted and prayed for 40 days before later dying on the cross.
So, giving up something for Lent allows you to participate in the same sacrifice and self-discipline that Jesus showed before dying.
A fun tradition that you probably loved as a kid, dying eggs is a popular Easter activity. In ancient cultures, eggs were a sign of fertility and new life. Many people used them in religious ceremonies.
However, later on, Christian missionaries noticed some community members hunting for eggs in the spring and decided to start using them to describe Jesus' new birth in the resurrection.
These missionaries dyed eggs based on the meanings that specific colors had in the church. For example, yellow stood for the resurrection, blue stood for love, and red stood for the blood of Jesus.
After dying the eggs, they painted Bible scenes on them and hid them for children to find. Then, whenever a child found an egg, he or she explained the Bible story on it.
Scholars trace back the first Easter egg hunt to Martin Luther, a prominent figure and face of the Protestant Reformation. During his time, men hid eggs for women and children to find.
When they looked for the eggs, the activity was supposed to remind them of the joy Mary (the mother of James), Mary Magdalene, and Salome felt when they discovered Jesus' empty tomb.
Easter is one of those holidays that you don't mind dressing up for — in fact, if you're like most people, you probably buy a new outfit for church. Purchasing new clothes for Easter is not a 20th-century invention, though.
Early Christians also wore new attire for Easter. Similar to today's Easter celebrators, early Christians wanted to look their best to honor the most important day of their faith. A new outfit was a way of showing that they recognized the resurrected savior.
That's why you likely put on your Sunday best for Easter. Whether it's a new dress, suit, or shoes, you like to wear something special to honor a special day.
As with most holidays, you have dinner for Easter. Sometimes, the menu comes down to preferences. But other times, the food can hold extreme significance.
In early Jewish history, lambs were very important. They were sacrificial offerings to God, and Jews regularly served them during the Passover feast.
But when Jesus died during Passover, people viewed him as the ultimate sacrifice for their sins. Christians even call him the "lamb of God." As a result, lamb holds a lot of significance on Easter, which is why you may notice it at every Easter dinner.
Buy Swazi made jewelry for Easter
Whether you plan on doing one Easter tradition or all of them, it never hurts to have something that symbolizes the activity. At Khutsala Artisans, there's beautiful Swazi-made jewelry and home decor inspired by Easter. And each piece fits a specific Easter tradition.
Available in multiple colors. The Silver Thin Cross Bracelet includes a cross that's surrounded by handmade SwaziMUD beads. This bracelet is excellent if you need a reminder of why you're giving up something for Lent. It points to you the cross, which is where Jesus died before he was resurrected.
You can get this bracelet in colors like speckled cream, jade, plum, mint, jacaranda, mirror black, and more. The variety makes it a great piece for both men and women.
Buy the Silver Thin Cross Bracelet HERE.
When you're dying Easter eggs, you always need something to hold the eggs while the dye is drying. For something fun and adorable, you'll love the Wire Chicken Egg Holder.
Handmade and versatile, this egg holder is a beautiful addition to any kitchen or table setting. It comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose everyone's favorite. Whether it's light blue, maroon, orange, or green, there's a color for everyone.
Buy the Wire Chicken Egg Holder HERE.
If you're participating in an Easter egg hunt, you should include some fun eggs that people will love. The Beaded Eggs are unique, handmade pieces that contain over 1,000 beads. It takes around 10 hours for the most skilled team members at Khutsala Artisans to make just one.
This item comes in multiple colors, so you can choose Beaded Eggs with colors that represent Jesus' death and resurrection. Or, you can select one that represents a person's favorite color. Regardless of your decision, Beaded Eggs are sure to make your Easter egg hunt more fun.
Buy Beaded Eggs HERE.
If you're wearing a new outfit for church, you need some beautiful Swazi-made jewelry to complement it. The Redeemed Daisy Earrings are a perfect piece if you want something playful and colorful to brighten up your outfit or complement the fun colors already in it.
The beads in these earrings were swept up from the shop floors at Khutsala Artisans instead of being discarded. That's why "redeemed" is a part of the piece's name. If you want earrings that provide a special reminder of what the resurrection is all about, purchase the Redeemed Daisy Earrings and wear them with your outfit for church.
Buy Redeemed Daisy Earrings HERE.
As you're eating dinner, remember the sacrificial lamb by wearing the Adjustable Cross Bracelet. Simple and comfortable, this bracelet includes a cross that comes in multiple colors. You can choose from silver, blue, flamingo, lime green, pink, and orange.
Even better, the Adjustable Cross Bracelet is excellent for both men and women. The adjustable string is black, making it a great piece for any gender.
Buy the Adjustable Cross Bracelet HERE.
A meaningful purchase for a meaningful holiday
If you celebrate Easter, you know it's a meaningful holiday. And if you want to continue experiencing that meaning, buy Swazi-made jewelry or home decor from Khutsala Artisans that can go with any Easter activity.
Not only will the pieces remind you of the meaning of Easter, but they'll also be meaningful to the children who receive the profits from your purchase. Khutsala Artisans gives all of its profits to the children's homes run by Heart for Africa to make sure the kids grow up with love, support, and provision.
So, spread the meaning of this holiday by making a purchase that helps give new life to children in need.
Shop with purpose at Khutsala Artisans' Easter collection.
April 08, 2021
A great teacher knows how to instill confidence, become great mentors, give fresh advice, and help you discover what you want to do in life. When you find these kinds of teachers, it's important to highlight them for all of their accomplishments.
Doing a teacher spotlight is one of the best ways to acknowledge teachers that are positively leading tomorrow's leaders. And in countries like Eswatini, where many schools don't have resources to provide a great education, teacher spotlights offer an excellent way to recognize those who are still doing what they can to make a positive impact.
March 25, 2021
At Khutsala Artisans, we love to produce beautiful jewelry and home decor that people love. Using colorful beads and intricate woodwork, our Swazi artisans make versatile and elegant pieces that compliment any home or outfit.
Our spring collection, in particular, is full of jewelry and decor that's fun, lively, and earthy. Each product bodes well with spring and either reminds you of flowers and sunshine or family-friendly activities that you can do outside since the weather is nice.
March 19, 2021