Many Christians today celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Each country has their unique Easter traditions. For example, in the United States, Americans engage in Easter parades where people show off colorful costumes and bonnets. Traditionally, many American Christians attend church services after which they could enjoy family gatherings, Easter parade, or a nice walk around town.
The church services usually celebrate the resurrection of Christ after he was crucified. Many people also celebrate by making decorations with eggs they could be hard boiled to be eaten later, or just model eggs made of materials such as plastic, candy, or chocolates. Easter egg hunts (or egg roll) are also common during this period. During the hunt, eggs are believed to be hidden by a hare or rabbit, after which children begin a search for them. Local businesses in the United States use the Easter egg hunts as a way to promote their brand. These hunts could also be organized by churches.
Easter Sunday – Background
Spring festivals were usually organized during pagan times by groups of people who celebrated the nature’s rebirth, the return of a fertile land, and young animals. This is typically were Easter egg hunts originated which is still very well in place today. With the evolution of Christianity, the spring festivals were now associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While the crucifixion is celebrated on Good Friday, the resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday.
There is no official federal holiday on Easter Sunday. However, most stores and local businesses remain closed in many parts of the country and for those that open at all, they work for limited hours. Transit systems operate with their normal work schedules on this day; however, it would be ideal to inquire from your local transport authorities so you would be aware if any changes have been made.
The egg roll/egg hunt especially gained prominence in 1880 when the First Lady invited children twelve years and under, to the White House after civil servants complained about the situation of the Capitol lawn. Since then, the egg hunt has been held there every Easter Sunday.