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Readers Respond: How Do You Celebrate the Easter Holiday?

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From the article: What Is Easter?
Christians celebrate the Easter holiday in many different ways, depending on family traditions and the customs of their denomination. Some observe a period of fasting during the season of Lent. Because of pagan influences and the commercialization of Easter, a vast number of Christians prefer simply to celebrate Resurrection Day. No matter how you commemorate the Lord's death, burial and resurrection, there's no doubt that Easter is the most important holiday of the Christian calendar. Whether Orthodox, Catholic, Baptist or Non-Denominational, typically, Easter is the most well-attended Sunday service of the year.

We are Celebrating our King

My husband and three children attend church. We thank Jesus for what He has done for us and celebrate His resurrection. He has risen. We may fast the week prior... and watch the animated version of his life on Earth with our children. We read psalms, read to our children and share with them that the Easter bunny has nothing to do with Easter. We do have an egg hunt after church but it is not our primary focus. My eldest of three realizes the difference now and knows that the true meaning of Jesus is that He died for us so we could live. He has risen and lives, we experience a new peace in Him. We love Him so. Thank you for this opportunity to share.
—Guest Desire' Cruz

How We celebrate the Easter Holiday

My husband and three children attend church. We thank Jesus for what He has done for us and celebrate His resurrection. He has risen. We may fast the week prior... and watch the animated version of his life on Earth with our children. We read psalms, read to our children and share with them that the Easter bunny has nothing to do with Easter. We do have an egg hunt after church but it is not our primary focus. My eldest of three realizes the difference now and knows that the true meaning of Jesus is that He died for us so we could live. He has risen and lives, we experience a new peace in Him. We love Him so. Thank you for this opportunity to share.
—Guest Desire' Cruz

Attend Church

To me this is the most sacred time of the year on the Christian calendar. We attend Church on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to celebrate the Death and Ressurection of Jesus Christ.
—Guest milly

Easter

I spend Easter by simply watching videos at home on how Jesus was crucified and he raised from the dead and everything he has done for me.
—Guest sandra

Easter Sunday Celebration

I celebrate by going to early morning mass. Have an Easter Egg hunt for my grandchildren, followed by a traditional meal and the family together.
—Guest Grandma to 8

Easter Tradition in the Caribbean

Easter is many things for us in the Caribbean, but like many we do celebrate the season with fasting and repentance. The majority go to church and or spend time with family. Some families also camp out on the beach as well. A major staple during the Easter weekend is fried fish and Jamaican Easter bun with canned cheese.
—Guest Cas

Jesus or Bunnies?

My children and I celebrate by spending time in prayer and thanking Jesus for what he has done for us. I do not and will never allow what most do during this time. A "false fasting" does nothing. What is a "false fast"? Some churches teach that if you stop drinking rootbeer or chewing gum you are fasting. Others spend most of their time getting the eggs and baskets ready for the children. And that is the extent of what the children learn about Easter. What a waste! Jesus is the priority, not a false fast, candy, Easter bunnies and all of the other stuff that so called Christians do.
—Guest Robert

The Remembrance of My Lord and Savior

I celebrate Easter by going to church and worshiping God, remembering what he went through because of me and knowing more about his resurrection power.
—Guest Valentia chepape

Going to Church

I will celebrate Easter by going to church from Thursday till Sunday.
—Guest

The Resurrection

I "celebrate" the remembrance of the resurrection, but I will not engage in anything that smacks of religion (pagan), lent (pagan), Easter (pagan), as it all has nothing to do with the true Jesus Christ! Through His death and resurrection we can remember Him daily in our lives if we are true believers, but the Living God wants us to be separate from the church system which is really just another part of the world system.
—Guest Donna

Easter Vigil

I haven't done it in several years but I love Easter Vigil when a candle is lit from a bonfire and the light is passed from a large candle to hundreds of candles and everyone walks into the darkened church so that it looks like a light is going through the whole world. When I was at Fordham University, they did it beautifully. Several people would be baptized and others would renew their baptismal vows. It was very moving, very joyous. Now, I listen to religious music every year and then listen to the service on the computer. It's not as intimate as the Fordham service -- which is spectacular, in fact -- but it's something I've gotten into doing.
—Guest Karen

Easter Vigil & Easter Morning Service

I like to go to the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. And then it is nice to see the church packed on Easter morning. The occasional church goers all show up then. :-) Easter is a bigger day than Christmas in the eyes of the Catholic church. Our choir has started practicing for the holiday.
—Guest Will

Discipline My Flesh

This year, I'm going to use the Lenten season as a reason to discipline my flesh. I'm going to faithfully follow South Beach for forty days till my body makes it a habit. I'm embarrassed how easily I give in and give attention to my spoiled body. I'm also going to beat it up with regular exercise.
—Guest Kay

Anglican Traditions

On Shrove Tuesday we have pancakes. On Ash Wednesday we're marked with the sign of the cross with ashes made by burning the palms from last year's Palm Sunday. On Maundy Thursday we have an evening service and at the end all the hangings, crosses, and other accouterments are taken out of the church. We leave in silence. On Good Friday there is a 3-hour service, with hymns every half hour so those who can't stay can leave without disrupting. Some Anglicans have communion on Good Friday while others do not believe in having communion on Good Friday. There are also appropriate Bible readings and/or going through the stations of the cross. Then, on Saturday night we have a vigil (which originally took place all night) and a service commemorating the return of the light. On Sunday there are the usual services with Easter hymns and an Easter theme. It is thought that by remembering the sacrifice and awful agony Jesus went through makes Easter Sunday that much more meaningful.
—Guest Jen

Sunrise Baptism Service

On Easter Sunday, my church holds a Sunrise Baptism Service on the beach where new believers enter into the waters of baptism. Each year, my husband and I attend this beautiful early service and then we join with our entire congregation for a later worship service. Usually, four or five people share their testimony (salvation story) and then our pastor delivers a brief gospel message. We see more people get saved and rededicate their lives to Christ on this Sunday than any other day of the year.
—christianity

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