Hoppy Easter, Everybunny!
Can you believe that Easter is almost upon us? Easter marks a long weekend filled with fun-tastic family activities (click here to download our Easter Colouring Sheet).
Although Easter is a Christian celebration, the seasonal chocolate eggs and the bunny who delivers them are nowhere to be found in scripture. Canadians commonly refer to Easter as the period from Good Friday (Statutory Holiday) through Easter Monday.
According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in North America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws”. Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its coloured eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.
In Canada, people celebrate Easter according to their family traditions, local customs, and religious beliefs. On Easter Sunday, many children wake up to find their baskets full of candies left by the Easter Bunny and hunt for hidden decorated eggs. Some traditional foods include baked ham (sometimes lamb) and hot cross buns (spiced buns with pieces of dried fruit).
Here’s how countries around the world celebrate Easter:
Easter in France Children get their treats from Easter Bells. In legend, church bells grew wings and flew to Rome to be blessed by the Pope, and then they returned on Easter Day with presents and candies.
Easter in Australia Instead of the Easter Bunny, they replace it with Easter Bilby, who resemble rabbits but are endangered (rabbits have damaged too many of the crops!).
Easter in the UK Egg Jarping is a famous Easter tradition. Two people smash hard-boiled eggs together and whoever has the intact egg is the winner.
Easter in Sweden Children dress up as Easter witches wearing colourful headscarves and worn clothing. They go from home to home to get sweets – just like Halloween.
Easter in Washington, D.C. The U.S. President hosts an annual Easter Egg Roll race for kids across the White House lawn on Easter Monday. The first egg roll took place in 1978.
Easter 2019 activities in Vancouver:
April 18th – 22nd, Stanley Park Railway Easter Train Celebrate spring with a fun-filled ride on the Easter Train, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
April 19th – 21st, VanDusen Eggciting Easter Hop Kids can collect eggs near the maze area for a chocolate prize and hop along to fun music on the great lawn.
April 20th, The 4th annual Big Easter Run starts at Jericho Beach Park.
April 21st, River District Golden Easter Celebration Expect there to be balloons, treats, craft activities, and face painting.
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