Bunnies, eggs, sugar highs, oh my! We know Easter as a day filled with vibrant colored eggs, children scavenging and screaming for chocolate, and a holy day of obligation. But what does it really represent? Celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the March equinox, Easter is Christianity's most revered holiday. It celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead, the triumph of good over evil, and the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind. It's a time of reflection, rebirth, and gratitude.
So... what do eggs have to do with this? The exchange of eggs actually dates back to before Easter, when the act giving of eggs was considered a symbol of rebirth and fertility in many cultures. Easter adopted this tradition to continue the motif of rebirth and give thanks to hope that God gave to mankind.
For those who aren't so religiously-inclined, Easter marks a long weekend that's filled with family fun, mounds of food, and sugar highs. No matter your beliefs, for Peeps's sake, enjoy an egg-cellent Easter holiday!
Why We Love Easter
A. It’s a fun-filled family tradition
Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? On Easter, we gather our baskets and wrestle our siblings to hunt for the candy goodies hidden among the front yard. In addition to candy, it’s a great excuse for food. Families gather around the table and indulge in a large feast to end a period of fasting. You leave the day with a basket full of goodies and a belly filled with food—what more could you ask for?
B. It has its own countdown
Easter doesn’t just have a single date, what it really is is an entire season of the Christian church year. There’s a 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, known as Lent, which is for a reflective time of fasting or giving up something you enjoy. Lent, Holy Week, and the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday) culminate into Easter Sunday. Basically, Easter is the highest high point of the season—after 40 days and 40 nights of giving up something you love, you can have and indulge in it all you want!
C. It teaches us will power
Easter, in Christianity, represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone reflecting in the wilderness before beginning his ministry. During that time, many believe that he exuded unwavering strength in his time of solitude by overcoming various temptations by the devil. In a sense, Lent is a way to give up a personal indulgence or temptation (whether that be food, time, etc.) and stand in solidarity with Jesus. We develop patience and fortitude in waiting for things we love. Maybe Easter can help us finally stick to that diet…
How to Celebrate Easter
1. Let’s get personal
Take some time to focus on the personal meaning the holiday has for you. Whether the intentions are spiritual, emotional, or for just for plain old fun, find some “me” time to consider what makes your Easter a Hoppy Easter!
2. Make an egg-citing craft day
Create your own traditional Easter eggs by boiling them and painting them with food coloring. If that’s not available, get creative and use items around your house—Kool Aid packets can make a great food dye or let your kids go crazy with the stickers. Getting crafty will make the holiday egg-stra special!
3. Make a game out of It—hop to It!
Have your family and friends line up on a start line on one side of your yard and create a finish line on the opposite side. Have them carefully hold an egg (color them different colors with sharpies!) between their legs, just above their knees. Hop like a bunnies across the yard and the the first player to hop across the finish line without crushing the egg wins! Do multiple rounds with different prizes. It’s a great game for “peep”-le of all ages!