Ivy Chimbwanda : Lifestyle Correspondent
Harare residents are in for a treat this weekend at the Harare Botanical Gardens from 10 am till 4pm for the Easter Egg Hunt show. The Easter egg treasure hunt, is a game during which decorated chocolates treats and sweets of various sizes are hidden in various places for children to find. When the game is over prizes are given out for various achievements.The event is organised by Maun’ira and MindFrame consulting group. They run an arts and craft workshop as well as other lifestyle consultative projects.
“With this year’s venue we wanted to bring a spirit of togetherness and promote outdoor activities, as well as letting children play,” said a representative from Maun’ira.
The theme for this year focuses on the mystical Easter bunny.
According to an official from ‘With Love Foundation’,the treasure hunt has been organised to raise funds for the foundation.
“The main event will be Easter egg hunt with other entertainment of jumping castles, families picnicking and music. Our main aim is to bridge the gap for the less privileged and create better society initiatives that benefit the community while improving the quality of life and uplift marginalized communities through means of unsustainable development,” said an official.
The official also said the organisation’s main focus is to provide weekly meals to the Mbare community in the form of a soup kitchen.
The soup kitchen is held at Chinembiri Centre weekly and feeds up to 120 kids in that community.
Tendai Mharapara aged 14 years old from Milton Park said he is ready for the show.
“Last year I came with my grandmother and enjoyed the festival. This hunt brings togetherness of family. I hope this year I pick something too,” he said.
Although Easter has been commercialised over the years, Easter for Christians is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ and held (in the Western Church).
The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in pre-Christian celebrations of spring.
However, the Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus : the egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ arose.
Most of our material, chocolates and activities have a physical theme to them. We would like to teach children and families the spiritual importance of Easter and will incorporate that into some of our games.
Maun’ira brought the idea to the executive communications of with love foundation as a way of raising awareness for the organisation and possible fund raising. The major sponsor this year is Kefalos/Cortina.