Easter Traditions – which are yours?

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!

Easter, celebrated from at least the 4th century, is the most important religious feast of the Christian faith, marking the resurrection of the Savior, Jesus.

Eggs play a significant part in the Easter celebration, but did you know of the story behind them?

In the early history of Christianity, the eating of eggs was forbidden during Lent. Come Easter morning, eggs were colored red and brought to the table to symbolize Easter joy.

This tradition has continued into our times by families hiding brightly colored eggs for the little ones to hunt on Easter morning. The popular “egg-rolling” by children on Easter Monday on the lawn of the White House shows the importance of the holiday in public life.

The Blessing of Easter baskets on the day before Easter is popular in many countries. The baskets often contain hard-boiled eggs that are said to be a symbol of new life. Blocks of butter carved into the shape of a lamb or a cross are often included, as are meats and cheese.

In most of America, the morning is started with the Easter Basket full of goodies, candies and treats. Followed by an Easter Egg hunt, either inside, outside or at a public location like a park or church.

If you were lucky, the sun was shining and your parents were brave enough to hide the eggs outside, instead of inside around the house.

Easter is also usually celebrated in America with a traditional gathering for feast. Many families gather for Easter Breakfast or Brunch, while many others feast for Dinner.

A traditional way of celebrating Easter among Protestant and evangelical churches is the Easter cantata, a program of special music and joyful songs.

There are probably a wide variety of programs and Easter “performances” to be had around the area – simply call your church or other churches in the area for information. Most churches are listed in the phone book for your convenience. Our local area is filled with great musical talent.

The timing of the Easter celebration varies from the Easter Vigil to a sunrise service to Mass or other services during the day. Many times, churches are packed with people who only frequent their doors on this joyous Sunday. For some reason, Easter is the one time that they are either brought to church with family, or feel the need to make things right with God.

The colors of Easter are white and gold. These are the colors associated with sacred days. The white symbolizes the newness that comes with the victory over sin and death, while the gold (yellow) expresses that Christ is the light of the world.

Whatever tradition you follow, may this Easter be special for you!

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