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A feast of Easter entertainment

WITH Easter celebrations all over Shanghai this weekend, Michelle Zhang rounds up some of the fun events and traditional ways to observe the Christian festival.

Easter is observed as both a religious and secular holiday. It is the day Christians believe Christ rose from the dead, and is also celebrated as a welcoming of spring that is symbolized by the Easter Bunny.

According to China's lunar calendar, this year happens to be the Year of the Rabbit. Bunnies, eggs, candies and various kinds of treats can be found around the city this weekend to celebrate Easter Sunday tomorrow.

At Bund 18, an Easter egg painting charity event will be held this afternoon at 2pm. More than 20 children from international schools, together with a group of local disabled children, will participate in the egg painting workshop set up at 18 Gallery. They are encouraged to decorate the eggs and will be awarded with prizes and candies. All the eggs will be auctioned at the end of the event. The proceeds will be donated to Ailing Foundation to help disabled children in Shanghai.

A traditional egg hunt will also be held on the first floor of the historical building. Decorated eggs and chocolate candies of various sizes will be hidden everywhere for children to find.

Jinqiao Life Hub in Pudong has commissioned 13 top Chinese contemporary artists, including Liu Jianhua, Xue Song, Fang Shaohua and Tang Hui, to create bunny-inspired art pieces, all made from corrugated cardboard. They are on display both inside and outside the shopping complex till the end of the month.

Corrugated cardboard is known as a sturdy decorating material ideal for backdrops, floors and freestanding decorations. It becomes an art of its own when used to make installations as one can discover at Jinqiao Life Hub.

To celebrate the Easter holiday, the shopping mall has also launched a series of 13 badges featuring sketches of the bunny artistic pieces. Anyone can "hunt" the bunnies on the company's weibo account:

By leaving your contact details, you will have the chance to win all 13 badges and an exhibition album. Winners can redeem the gifts at Jinqiao Life Hub at the weekend.

At the Daning Life Hub, a huge colored egg, 3 meters' tall and 2 meters in diameter, is set up to mark the Easter Day. It is also the highlight of an art festival to celebrate the hub's fifth anniversary.

Religious observances take place around the city through tomorrow's Easter Sunday. At Hongdetang Church on Duolun Road, services will be held at 7:30am and 9am with a music worship program at 7pm.

Services will also be held at Shanghai Community Church, the city's largest Christian church on Hengshan Road, at 7:30am, 10am and 7pm.

At Shanghai Grace Church on Shaanxi Road N., services will be held at 9am and 9pm.

Services will also be given at Moore Memorial Church on Xizang Road M. at 7:30am, 10am, 2pm and 7pm.

Easter Sunday brunches will also be held tomorrow at various hotels and dining venues around the city.

The Longemont Shanghai will create a lavish spread of Easter holiday specialities. Guests will start the brunch with a complimentary photographer and there will be homemade chocolate bunnies and eggs for all children.

At Kerry Hotel in Pudong, for every two adults coming to the Easter Sunday brunch at The Cook, or the Easter Sunday beer and BBQ lunch at The Brew, one child will get a complimentary day pass to Adventure Zone, a 700-square-meter indoor children's fantasy playground. There will also be an Easter egg hunt, chocolate bunnies and Easter gift hampers, as well as clowns and balloons.

Celebratory gourmet feasts and activities will also be held in Pudong Shangri-la Shanghai, St Regis Shanghai hotel in Pudong and The Peninsula Shanghai on the Bund.


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