As the Easter holidays
get closer we all know that the shops are filled with sweets, decorations and, of course, Easter Bunny chocolates. Most of us also know that it’s traditions go back many many years and it is celebrated in different
ways around the world (see ‘Easter Around the World’ for more). In
America Easter remembers the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection days later (on Easter Sunday). It is one of the oldest Christian holidays. Even the White
House joins in by holding ‘egg rolling’ games in the grounds and also giving young children collectible wooden
eggs at the end of the day.
Like many other countries,
the US celebrates Easter with sweets and baked foods – cakes are baked and decorated, eggs are hard-boiled and dyed
(to represent the symbol of new life) and in many homes, families get together for Easter dinners. You can find out
more about traditional celebrations from your Community Counseler or Host Family. Perhaps you're cluster is holding
it's own celebration!
Here are just some of the local celebrations taking place in Easter 2007.
Gilbertsville, Kentucky: Celebrate
Easter with a day full of activities. Enjoy the Easter Buffet, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an enxciting egg hunt.
Baltimore, Maryland: Inner
Harbour Easter Celebration - Jugglers, street performers and the Easter Bunny provide the entertainment at Baltimore's
free annual Easter celebration, held at the Inner Harbour Amphitheater.
Copper, Colorado: Colorado's largest Easter egg hunt - 50,000 eggs will fill the village and the mountain. Hundreds of eggs
are also stuffed with gift certificates, candy and more!
Winter Park, Colorado: The
Easter Bunny delivers fun with an on mountain candy hunt in Discovery Park. The 'bunny race' has been an Easter tradition
for more that 30 years!
Miami Metrozoo: Join
the resident animals for face painting, interactive musical shows and tales from storytellers. Kids can also enjoy hunting
for eggs and other goodies around the zoo.
Fifth Avenue, New York City: Every year hundreds of New Yorkers wind their way through the streets of the Big Apple to celebrate Easter.
The traditional parade dates back to the civil war period and features a whole host of colorful costumes and extravagent Easter
bonnets. Festivities begin at 10am at Fifth Avenue and 49th Street.
Why not ask your Host Family if you can all join in together? If you
do not live near to these celebrations you can find out more about what is happening in your local area by checking websites
Have a great Easter!