TIRED OF THE SAME old bunny and egg routine — color eggs, hide eggs, eat deviled eggs — I was looking for some fresh Easter ideas. So I asked my college students how they celebrate the holiday, and got quite a few ideas.
Denise Platts, who's from England, arranges for the traditional visit from the Easter Bunny. "He lays the table for breakfast and places Easter baskets at each place."
Lillian Cooke makes her own Easter baskets. "Then I hide the baskets so the kids have to work for their candy."
Easter is a big family event for Leslie Bertram. "On Easter morning, about 55 of us go to my grandma's and have an Easter egg hunt. For dessert my mom brings out the bunny cake."
Monica Bumanlag enjoys Easter egg hunts with a twist. "We always hide one egg with a $20 bill in it, and it's always hidden in a really difficult spot."
Great ideas! But not everyone celebrates Easter. Here are other spring celebrations.
Freba Amin is from Afghanistan. "We celebrate the Afghan New Year by preparing different fruits. Then we go to the park, eat lots of food and dance to Afghan music."
Waheeda Fazel, also from Afghanistan, says, "We believe that whatever we do the first day of the year, it will repeat, so we try to be happy and enjoy that day."
Karpagam Srinivasan celebrates Tamil. "People get up early and take a head bath, wear new dresses, and take blessings from elders in the house. They also exchange sweets to show their happiness."
Rema Venkatesh also celebrates Tamil. "We set out a mirror, fresh fruits and vegetables, rice and coins, so that when the family wakes up in the morning, they see the healthy things first."
Lucy Balyan is Armenian. "We don't eat chocolate or meat for 40 days. We crack eggs and the person who holds an unbroken egg wins a prize."
Maryam Mirsarraf enjoys Eide Norouz. "We set up a table which consists of seven elements, such as wheat sprouts for rebirth, fruit for love, flowers for happiness, coins for wealth, and an apple for health. We also exchange gifts and color eggs."
Kalina Romanova, from Bulgaria, paints rather than dyes eggs. "The red-painted one represents health and is kept until the next Easter. We also choose an egg, then knock it against the egg of somebody else. The egg that does not crack is the winner."
Naureen Patel celebrates Navroz in her Muslim culture. "Family members gather together and share three important things: An egg which means new life, a small bag of raw wheat seeds meaning success in life, and candy to spread sweetness around."
Sahaja Muttineni honors Ugadi, by mixing six flavors together — sweet, sour, pungent, salty, bitter and spicy. "This represents the idea that life is filled with good and bad experiences mixed together and we have to face them."
Patricia Ferreira grew up in Brazil. "When I was a child, I used to leave some carrots and lettuce outside, and in the morning I would have my Easter egg next to my bed."
Isabella Reyburn, from Germany, brings spring inside. "We color eggs and decorate the house by bringing in branches from outside, which symbolizes the restart of life in nature, as well as the eggs."
No matter what your holiday is, it seems nearly everyone shares in the celebration of spring, rebirth and the good old egg.
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