For many, Easter can be one of the happiest days of the year. Situated among the newly arrived warm spring weather, it is a holiday often associated with family and togetherness, and a great time to enjoy the season with friends and family old and new. Regardless of your background, there are a variety of ways you can ring in the new season and join in celebration of this jovial day.
One of the most common ways of celebrating Easter is with the traditional egg hunt. No matter how old you are, few things are more exciting on Easter morning than uncovering a hidden egg filled with chocolate. This is an especially great way to observe the holiday if you have small grandchildren or other young friends or relatives, and it’s also a fun way to build community and strengthen bonds. Not only that, but as the Los Angeles Times reported, chocolate provides a variety of health benefits. So go ahead and have a bite or two.
Traditionally, food plays an important role in the way many cultures celebrate holidays, and Easter is no exception. One of the more well-known Easter culinary traditions is Easter bread, which is traditionally baked in a braided or ring pattern and adorned with decorated Easter eggs. While the tradition of Easter bread is rooted in the holiday’s religious background, many cultures around the world have added their own twist. In Italy, for example, Easter bread is traditionally baked in various shapes, from dolls to animals, and given to young boys and girls.
There are also a variety of low-key and more symbolic ways to celebrate the holiday. As a springtime festival, Easter is a celebration of life. Many traditional items like candles can be placed out to reflect on the symbolism of the day. The Easter lily, also a seasonal symbol of life and hope, can be cultivated as a way to peacefully observe the day.