How to Celebrate Easter

Easter is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians, but non-religious people often mark the day, too. Religiously, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Non-religious celebrations include things like brunches, family get-togethers, and activities like painting eggs. Regardless of your reasons for celebrating Easter, there are many things you can do to commemorate the day.

EditSteps
EditMaking Easter Fun for Kids
Paint eggs. You can buy an egg painting kit at nearly any supermarket around the Easter months. Hard boil some eggs and let your children have fun decorating them for the Easter holidays.[1]
Usually, you place dye of different colors in various cups. Eggs are then dunked in the dye to add color.

Make sure your kids wear old clothing when decorating eggs. It can get very messy.

Have an Easter egg hunt. An iconic part of Easter is the Easter egg hunt. You can have kids hide real boiled eggs they decorated. However, you can also fill plastic eggs with treats and hide them throughout your home.[2]
If opting for plastic eggs, you can provide things like Cheerios and pretzels if you want healthier snacks. Religious families sometimes put Bible verses on pieces of paper in plastic eggs.

Keep track of where you hid all the eggs, in case they are not all found by the hunters. This is especially important if you’re hiding real eggs, as these will eventually start to rot.

Some great Easter egg hunts are put on by local communities or organizations and are open for you and your family to attend. See if you can find an Easter egg hunt in your area.

Provide Easter baskets. Easter baskets are an important Easter tradition. Young children love waking up to a basket filled with Easter goods. You can buy baskets at department stores around the holidays. Fill them with small treats like candy and small toys.
If you’re religious, try adding plastic eggs with Bible verses tucked inside.

Snacks do not have to be unhealthy. If you want your kids to have a healthy snack, put things like fresh fruit in their Easter basket.

You can also provide small toys instead of food-based items, like tiny plastic animals or small plush toys.

Make rabbit-themed baked goods. The Easter bunny is an exciting part of Easter for children. Make baked goods shaped like bunnies. This can be a fun way for kids to get excited about the holiday.[3]
You can make cut-out sugar cookies using a rabbit-shaped cookie cutter.

Bake three cinnamon rolls. Stick two together, forming a snowman-like body, and cut the other in half. Place the two halves near one end of the cinnamon roll, making bunny ears, and then use cream cheese frosting to color your bunny white. You can use chocolate chips or blueberries for eyes.

Decorate with your kids. Children often enjoy decorating for the holidays. Invest in small decorations at a local department store or even a dollar store. You can also look for craft tutorials online. Your kids may, for example, enjoy using construction paper or felt to make things like chicks and bunnies.[4]
Window stickers are great for young children, as they’re fun and easy to use.

If you have an Easter Brunch or dinner, try having your kids make special placemats for everyone attending using cardboard paper.

EditCelebrating with a Secular Approach
Take a hike with family or friends. Easter often takes place as the weather starts to get warmer. If you live in an area where Easter marks the start of spring, take advantage of the warm weather to celebrate the day. Spend Easter Sunday taking a long walk or hike along a local nature trail.[5]
If you don’t live near a wooded area, you can simply take a walk through your neighborhood with family and friends. For example, instead of driving to your favorite ice cream place, walk or bike there.

Have an Easter brunch. Many people love early afternoon brunches on Easter. You can go out to a restaurant that has an Easter brunch special. You can also have family or friends over for an Easter-themed meal.[6]
Due to the connection with eggs, deviled eggs or scrambled eggs can be a good thematic fit to your Easter meals.

Many people enjoy serving ham as the main dish for their Easter meal. Think about adding some side dishes such as mashed potatoes or glazed carrots.

Try to use a spring-like color scheme. For example, use pastel plates, napkins, tablecloths, and silverware.

Plant something to celebrate new life. As Easter falls during the spring in many parts of the world, it is seen as a celebration of life. Stop by a local greenhouse and pick up some seeds. Plant them in your yard or in a pot in your home. Growing some new flowers or other plants can help you commemorate Easter by welcoming spring.[7]

Spend time with family and friends. Holidays are great opportunities for us to spend time with our loved ones, enjoying the time together. Most people have the day of Easter, so take advantage of that time. Make some plans with your loved ones to make your Easter together with a great one.
For example, you and a group of friends could get together for dinner on Easter Sunday.

Take photos each year to preserve memories. Photos can be a fun way to remember the holiday. While having brunch, dinner, or engaging in other activities, bring a camera. Take some great photos to help you remember your Easter memories for years to come.[8]

EditCelebrating with Religion
Pay attention to the significance of different days of Easter weekend. Easter is not one holiday. There is a Holy Week which leads up to the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Starting the Sunday before Easter, known as Palm Sunday, pause to reflect on the Biblical significance of such events. If your church holds special services on these days, attend if possible.[9]
From Palm Sunday to Holy Tuesday, Biblical stories are surrounding Christ entering Jerusalem and entering the temples there. On Holy Wednesday, Judas decided to betray Jesus, and the story of his persecution begins.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, which took place between Jesus and his disciples. Good Friday is the day of Jesus’s death on the cross.

Holy Saturday and Sunday, or Easter, are the last two days of the holy week. During these days, Christ’s resurrection is remembered and celebrated.

Attend Easter services at your church. Almost every Christian church will offer an Easter service on Easter Sunday. Exactly what the service will consist of will vary depending on your church. However, attending an Easter church service can be a good way to focus on the Christian messages that accompany the holiday. Make sure to attend church on Easter morning.[10]
If you have young children, see if there are special Sunday School classes offered on Easter Sunday. It can sometimes be difficult for children to understand the story of Christ’s death due to the scary subject material. A qualified Sunday School teacher can help your child understand the meaning of Easter.

Read the Easter story in your bible. Take some time over Easter weekend to read over the Easter story. This can be a good way to focus on the meaning behind the holiday. Reminding yourself why the holiday is celebrated can help you to engage more fully with your faith and its traditions. Much of the Easter story is found in the New Testament, covered in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.[11]
If you have young children, see if you can find a children’s Bible that details the story of Easter. This may explain Jesus’s death and resurrection in terms they can easily understand.

Discuss Jesus’s sacrifice with your family. Easter is primarily a celebration of God sacrificing His only son for your sins. This is something to talk over with your family. On Easter morning or Holy Saturday, have a talk about what God’s sacrifice means to you. Why are you grateful for Jesus’s sacrifices, death, and resurrection?[12]
One activity to help with this can be writing down times you’ve sinned on a piece of paper. Have everyone in the family do this on Holy Saturday and then gather the papers together.

On Easter Day, do something to destroy the papers. You can, for example, burn them in a fireplace or feed them through a paper shredder. This represents Jesus saving you by erasing your sins. You can then express gratitude at Christ’s sacrifice.

Focus on the personal meaning this holiday has for you. Attending a church service or reading over the Easter story can both be great ways to focus on the meaning of the holiday. However, taking some time on your Easter Sunday to reflect on the personal meaning of the holiday can help you discover what it means to you.[13]
Think about your religion. How has it benefited your life? What have you learned from Christianity? How have Jesus’s lessons affected your actions?

You may want to have your family answer these types of questions. For example, you could have everyone go around the table and share a time they acted in a certain way because of Christ’s teachings.

Practice some non-religious celebrations. If you are religious, not everything you do on Easter has to be specifically related to your religion. Try doing things like having an Easter brunch or doing something fun with your family, like going on a hike. This can be particularly helpful if you have non-religious relatives who want to celebrate with you.

EditWarnings
Find all the eggs after an Easter egg hunt or else they will begin to rot.

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How to Decorate Easter Eggs

Decorating Easter eggs is a fun activity that you can do with kids. There are a lot of ways to make the eggs colorful without sticking to a traditional kit. When working with art supplies, always work with hard boiled eggs. After ten minutes on the stove and some cool-down time, you’re ready! Assemble your materials and get started.

EditSteps
EditDyeing Easter Eggs
Boil the eggs. Put the eggs in a pan of water. Turn the heat to medium. Allow the eggs to boil for about fifteen minutes. Then, remove the eggs and allow them to cool.[1]While the eggs are boiling, use that time to cover the area where you will be dyeing the eggs with newspaper or paper towels.

Fill a container. If you’re only dyeing one egg, you can use a cup (236.6 ml). For several eggs, you should use a larger, plastic container. Fill the container with ½ cup of water, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and about twenty drops of any food color. You will know that you’ve used liquid if the egg completely submerges in the water.[2]Fill several containers if you will be using different colors. Each color should have its own container.

Soak the egg for 5 minutes. Place the egg on a spoon and dunk the egg into the liquid. Turn the egg around so that both sides get color. Allow the egg to soak for five minutes. Leave the egg longer if you’d like a darker color.[3]
Dye the egg multiple colors. You can dye the egg at least two colors by dipping only one section of the egg in at a time. This works best if you start with a fresh, boiled egg that has not been dyed yet. Hold one half of the egg so that only half of it is submerged in the dye. After about five minutes, submerge the other half of the egg in another color.You will probably have to hold the egg as it soaks to submerge only half of it.

Remove the egg. You can use tongs to gently remove the egg. Put the egg(s) in an egg carton to dry. The egg is now ready to be used for decoration.[4]
EditMaking Glitter Eggs
Use a plastic egg. Real eggs are difficult to use with this method because they break easily. A plastic or paper mache egg is best to use. You can use any color egg you’d like.[5]

Paint the egg. You don’t have to paint the egg if it’s already the same color as the glitter you will be using. If it isn’t, choose a color of acrylic paint that is the same color as your glitter. Use a paint or sponge brush to coat the egg in two or three layers of paint. Wait until the egg completely dries to move on.[6]
Apply Mod Podge. Use a separate sponge brush to apply a thick coat of mod podge to the egg. Make sure all of the egg gets covered with the Mod Podge. This part will be messy, and your fingers will likely get covered with glue.[7]You can use baby wipes to get the glue off of your fingers.

Pour glitter over the egg. Put the egg into a plastic cup. The narrowest part of the egg should be facing upward. Pour glitter over the egg. Gently shake the cup so that the glitter covers the egg. You can add more glitter if necessary.
Allow time to dry. Once the egg is coated in glitter, give it thirty to sixty minutes to dry. You can leave the egg in the cup as it dries, or place it in an egg carton.[8]

EditPainting the Eggs
Boil the eggs. Hard boil the eggs for fifteen minutes. Allow the eggs to cool completely. Set them in the fridge if you’d like to speed up the process.[9]
Use acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is ideal for eggs because it covers them well and adheres nicely. You can use any brand and color of acrylic paint that you’d like. Use a paintbrush to create fun designs. Since eggs are pretty small, get some fine-pointed paint brushes for more intricate designs.[10]
You may want to cover the area where you will be painting with newspaper.

Paint one half of the egg at a time. You can paint any design you want. You can leave it one color, paint geometrical patterns and shapes, or turn the egg into a cute animal—like a bird. Let it dry before painting the other half to avoid smearing the paint.[11]
Create a sponged effect. You can use this technique if the egg has been painted one, solid color. Wait until the first layer of paint dried. Then, use a dry sponge to apply white paint on the eggs after the other paint dries. Don’t use a lot of paint. Use a thin layer of white paint and dab the sponge all over the eggs.[12]
Allow the eggs to dry. Wait ten or fifteen minutes for the eggs to dry. Handle them carefully when you move them. Display your Easter eggs as you wish.[13]

EditUsing Old Ties
Find a silk tie. Use a tie that you won’t be wearing anymore. The tie should be 100% silk. A tie made of any other material won’t work. Choose a tie that has an interesting pattern. Dark purple, blue, and red ties work the best.[14]
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a beautiful tie. “Uglier” ties sometimes make the most beautiful eggs.

If you don’t have any ties laying around, silk ties can be found cheap at most thrift shops.

Cut up the seam. This should double the size of your tie, which will give you a piece large enough to work with. Cut out a section that can easily wrap around your egg. You’ll need a section of the material that wraps around the egg and can be held together. Leave about five centimeters of excess fabric.[15]
Wrap your egg. Wrap the egg in the tie. The right side of the tie material (the side you would see if you were wearing it) should directly touch the egg. Wrap the egg as tightly as possible without breaking the egg.[16]The folds in the fabric will form a swirly pattern.

Secure with a tie. Use a twisty tie to secure the fabric at the top of the egg. A string works, too, but a twisty tie is much easier to work with. Secure on the long side of the egg if you want the opposite end of the egg to show the pattern the best. Tie the egg horizontally if you want the wide side of the egg to show the design.[17]
Wrap the egg with a second layer. Use a lightweight and lightly colored fabric. You can use a pillowcase, thin dish cloth, or sheet. Wrap the fabric tightly around the egg, and secure it with another twisty tie.[18]
Boil the egg. Put the egg in a pot. Cover it with water. Add 1/4 cup (50 g) of vinegar. Boil for about 20 minutes. Then, take them off the heat and put them in a colander or on a towel to dry.[19]
Allow them to cool. Give them about ten minutes to cool down before you touch them. Then, remove the fabric. Be careful when handling the freshly dyed eggs.[20]
That’s it! Be creative and give free rein to your imagination as you make more eggs.

EditTips
Use an old sheet or newspaper on the work area to keep it from getting messy with the supplies.

Wear old clothes or an apron to cover your clothes.

EditWarnings
Do not plan on eating the eggs you decorate unless you can confirm that you did not use toxic materials to decorate your eggs.

EditThings You’ll Need
Eggs

Pan of water

Glue

Crayons

Dye

Acrylic paint

Brush and sponge

Scissors

Food coloring

Old ties

Light material

Pot

Vinegar

Twisty ties

Towel or colander

Scissors

Glitter

Mod Podge

Plastic cup

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