One of the oldest Christians celebrations, Easter is the observation of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection on the third day after. Traditionally Easter is celebrated on the “first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox on March 21” (Airey). This means that Easter Sunday can fall anywhere from March 26th to April 25th. The holiday delivers many traditions and celebrations.
Easter Sunday marks the day when it is believed that Jesus rose from his grave. Eggs, which were originally prohibited during Lent were beautifully decorated and presented as gifts on Easter Sunday. Eggs and rabbits, both also symbols of new life are still the most customary icons of Easter. Easter eggs are commonly dyed and hidden by the Easter bunny for children to find on Easter morning or tucked into Easter baskets along with chocolate bunnies and other treats.
Often Easter is marked with a new outfit and for many little girls, shiny white shoes and Easter bonnets to wear when attending the early morning Easter church service. For many, following the service is generally a time for gathering with family and friends for an Easter dinner. In my own family, this occasion has always been observed with a potluck picnic at a nearby park. The children’s faces covered with the memories of chocolate bunnies searched for hidden eggs while the adults prepared plates piled high with fried chicken, potato salad, and lemon cake.
Easter egg hunts are still mainstay Easter activities but some perhaps lesser know egg goings-on can also be found. In some areas egg rolls are the mainstay activity. Egg drops are also cropping up all over combining scientific theory with Easter creativity. Participants of egg drops create simple or elaborate cradles to protect their uncooked eggs then drop them off of ladders or platforms with the prize going to the contestant whose egg remains intact.
The traditions of Easter can be joined in whether or not a person is Christian. Honoring a time of renewal, Easter can be a simple time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the coming of warmer weather and spring flowers. So this April 24th, I suggest donning an Easter hat, it doesn’t have to be a bonnet, to wear on a picnic and coloring some hard-boiled eggs to brighten your breakfast. Don’t forget to leave one of those eggs uncooked for dropping though.
Works Cited Airey, John. “How Easter Works” 20 April 2000. HowStuffWorks.com. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/easter.htm 10 March 2011.