Easter, a Family Gathering Time in Spring


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Searcy (LP) Easter is on Sunday, April 16th. It is an important and traditional western holiday in America. On Easter, people have a lot of activities to celebrate the festival.

Easter, also called Pascha in Latin or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It has been called a “moveable feast”  because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries, various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets, and candy, have became a standard part of this holy holiday. Many churches and individuals have plans, activities, and family gatherings on this day. Easter is also  a happy day for everyone. People, especially children, are happy because they can get candies from their parents and friends. “ I am going to visit my grandma on that Sunday with my parents and we are going to have dinner together. I am excited because I can get some small gifts including chocolates from my grandma.” said Alyssa Dodson, a 10th-grade student at Searcy High School. Children can also play games on Easter. Children can decorate eggs. These can be hard boiled eggs that can be eaten later, but may also be model eggs made of plastic, chocolate, candy or other materials. “ We will invite our friends and other family members to come and decorate eggs. We use the white boil eggs because it is easy to draw with the marker on it.” said Chesni Raibley, a senior student at Searcy High School. It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts. Eggs of some form are hidden, supposedly by a rabbit or hare and children will search for them to have fun. Easter dinner includes traditional cooked ham, lamb, or chicken. There are  special foods eaten at Easter time, one of the most famous are Hot Cross Buns. In the United States, the go-to meal on Easter Sunday is the classic Easter ham, often served with pineapples and cherries. “ My favorite food on Easter is Hot Cross buns. They are baked with currants or raisins and have a signature cross on the top, usually made with frosting.” said Heidi Haddix, a senior student at Cross Pointe Preparatory.

Easter is a time for those who celebrate it to be with family, friends, and loved ones. It is the day for the family gathering, the day for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and the day for enjoying the springtime.

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