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Easter is a holiday that melds many traditions: Pagan, Christian, and National. In the US, people celebrate Easter in different ways.
For practicing Christians, Easter represents the holiest day of the year, the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead after being crucified.
For some, Easter welcomes the yearly birth of spring with symbols like flowers, colored eggs and baby chicks.
For others, Easter calls families to the table for feasts of baked ham, sweet potatoes and vegetables.
Most Americans combine parts of the traditions above into their own unique celebrations. When I was growing up, the most common pieces of Easter Sunday were baskets filled with Easter eggs and candy, an Easter egg hunt for the kids and the traditional family meal.
To experience a traditional US Easter try the following:
- Dye Easter eggs. My family always used Paas Easter Egg kits when I was growing up.
- Indulge in a chocolate bunny. Here’s a list of the top 9 sources according to about.com Gourmet Food.
- Have an Easter Egg hunt. Hide the eggs you dyed, and have a cool prize, like Peeps, for the person that finds the most eggs. (note, the Peeps website has uninvited music; so mute your volume if necessary before clicking).
- Prepare an Easter Feast. Here’s a link to the Food Network Easter menu.
- Buy new, Easter dresses or outfits for spring, and capture the memory with a family photo.
For more on the history of Easter, click here.