Celebrating Easter in Japanese

Easter
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Easter is not well known to the Japanese, especially when compared to other Western celebrations, such as Christmas, St. Valentine's Day or Halloween. The Japanese word for Easter is, "fukkatsusai (復活祭)", though, "iisutaa (イースター)", which is a phonetic representation of the English word, Easter, is also commonly used. "Fukkatsu" means "revival" and "sai" means "festival". Please check out my article, "Easter and Chocolate".

The word, "omedetou (おめでとう)" is used for celebrations in Japanese. For example, "Happy Birthday" is "Tanjoubi Omedetou" and "Happy New Year" is "Akemashite Omedetou" However, there is no equivalent for "Happy Easter" in Japanese.

Here are some vocabulary related Easter.

Bunny: うさぎ (usagi)
Chick: ひよこ (hiyoko)
Chocolate: チョコレート (chokoreeto)
Egg: 卵 (tamago)
Jesus: イエス (iesu)
Christ: キリスト (kirisuto)