understanding easter customs and traditions

By the way, why do Easter holiday days change unlike Christmas, Valentine, and other international holidays?

All in all, Easter is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians from Good Friday as the day Jesus Christ died all the way to Easter Monday the day He resurrected.

To some, especially those with 8 a.m. -6 p.m. jobs, Easter is the years’ longest holiday and with such, it comes with a lot of pomp and joy.

Families and friends enjoy spending time together carrying on with activities associated with Easter such as egg painting, egg hunting and attending mass/church, and traveling just to relax and unwind and shopping.

The most important thing though, is that Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life; As in the death and the resurrection of Christ, quite interesting don’t you think?

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Common Easter Symbols and Traditions

Easter Bunny

Ever seen an Easter celebration decoration without the long-eared bunny? No? Me neither.

Well, the bunny might not be included in the bible when the story of resurrection is told but he is one of the popular characters in the Easter celebration.

In ancient times, bunnies were symbols of fertility and the new life which coincides well with Easter’s message. In Easter’s tradition, the bunnies play the role of delivering beautifully decorated Easter eggs to well-behaved kids on Easter Sunday.

Easter Eggs

As we had already established, Easter’s theme is all about hope and most importantly new life. This is exactly what Easter Eggs symbolize in Easter traditions as eggs are believed to bring forth new life.

Though not Christian-based, the eggs are believed to be presents gifted to Jesus after the resurrection from the tomb. Decorating Easter eggs and getting a chance to showcase one’s creativity is one of the most looked forward to activity in Easter preparation.

The Eggs are then strategically hidden and then an egg hunt is carried out for the one who finds most eggs. Another popular activity is rolling the eggs across a lawn, which is believed to be symbolism of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb rolling away for his resurrection.

Easter Candy

Candy is among the sweet treats passed on during Easter celebrations. There is nothing better than indulging in sweet treats after the lent period where self-denial practiced. Some of these sweet treats include the popular egg-shaped candy and the jelly bean.


Kenyan Easter Symbols and Traditions

Locally, we might not celebrate Easter in all the above ways but symbolically, it is the same everywhere. Kenyans though are known for enjoying their long holidays traveling and indulging in good food. Others will prefer traveling to their rural homes where they attend church service and later proceed to their homes where they indulge in local delicacies.

We would love to know how are you are celebrating your Easter and some of the things that truly make the Easter holiday a treat for you.

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