How to Celebrate Easter

How to Celebrate Easter

Easter is a Christian celebration of new life & rebirth.

When is Easter 2021?

Sunday April 4th, 2021

What is Easter?

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary circa 30 AD. All denominations of Christianity observe this holiday to rejoice in the hope, the new life, and the eternal salvation Jesus promises to those who live by the word of God.

Eggs are an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth and became associated with Easter because the crucifixion of Christ was followed by his resurrection. While Easter eggs were traditionally dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, it’s a modern custom to substitute them with decorated chocolate or fill plastic eggs with candies because most people give up sweets as their Lenten sacrifice in the 40 days before Easter.

How to Celebrate Easter

How to Decorate for Easter

Decorate your space with items that represent the coming of spring. Pastel colors, sweet candies, and Easter eggs around the room can instantly create the holiday vibe.

Find out which local flowers are in season and put them on display in vases around your space for a pop of color and fresh aromas.

For additional festive flair, plant wheatgrass in small goblets or hang a wreath of plants and flowers on or above your main doorway.

To observe the origin of the holiday, hang artwork that pays homage toJesus Christ. Popular pieces to display include The Last Supper, Jesus ascending from the Holy Tomb or surrounded by angels, and Jesus in prayer.

Pastel colors are associated with the beginning of the spring season. Hang up streamers or ceiling decorations in corners of a room or on either side of the doorways.

Display and/or hide plastic Easter eggs filled with candies and treats. If you have any Easter eggs hidden, let your guests know so that they can begin to look for and collect them. 

Easter Egg Spinners are an egg-citing new twist on the egg decor game.  Just place your egg in the motorized spinner and color with marker to get mesmerizing patterns with less mess!

Foam Sticker Egg Decorating

Exercise imagination and motor skills in this easy to clean decorative Easter crafts!

Easter Egg Decorating

Coloring Easter Eggs in a vinegar & color based solution is a classic tradition!

Easter Games, Crafts & Activities

Easter Egg Hunt

Hide plastic Easter eggs filled with Easter candies and treats. Give your guests an empty easter basket and let them see how many they can find!

An Egg & Spoon Race is a classic holiday game.  Each team player must carry an egg on a spoon from the starting line to a turnaround point and back again. The egg is then passed off to a teammate who takes their turn. If the egg is dropped, the player must stop, retrieve it, and start over from the starting line. Bunny ear costumes are encouraged!

Race like bunnies in a good old fashion potato sack hopping race! See how quickly can you jump in your potato sack from the start to the finish line!

An Easter twist on a classic carnival game - how many cans can you knock down?

Bunny Ear Ring Toss

Inflate your bunny ears and see how many rings you can catch on your head with Bunny Ear Ring toss!

See how many points you can rack up in a game of Easter beanbag toss!

Welcome spring outside with Easter Egg sidewalk chalk!

Jumping Jack

Jack sits on top of a bunny hill filled with carrots.  On each turn, spin the spinner to see how many carrots to collect.  One special carrot will trigger Jack to jump up high in the air!  Whoever catches Jack is the winner.  If nobody catches Jack, the player with the most carrots wins!

Traditional Foods for Easter

An Easter Sunday meal begins anywhere between the hour right after Easter church service through dinner time. Hors d’oeuvres like deviled eggs and comfort food like braised meat and mashed potatoes are popular dishes to serve on this holiday.

Easter Music Playlists

Set the holiday mood with an Easter music playlist for your egg hunt, egg dying, crafting or Easter Brunch!

What to Watch on Easter

From religious recreations to light hearted films about adorable little bunnies, there's no shortage of companion viewing for this holiday!

Family Friendly Easter Films:

Religious Easter Classics:

Passion of the Christ

In this version of Christ's crucifixion, based on the New Testament, Judas expedites the downfall of Jesus (Jim Caviezel) by handing him over to the Roman Empire's handpicked officials. To the horror of his mother, Mary (Maia Morgenstern), Magdalen (Monica Bellucci), whom he saved from damnation, and his disciples, Jesus is condemned to death.

The Prince of Egypt

In this animated retelling of the Book of Exodus, Egyptian Prince Moses (Val Kilmer), upon discovering his roots as a Jewish slave, embarks on a quest to free his people from bondage. When his plea is denied by his brother Rameses (Ralph Fiennes), the new pharaoh, a series of horrific plagues strike Egypt as Moses finally leads the Israelites to freedom by parting the Red Sea and drowning the Egyptian army.

Jesus Christ Superstars

A 1973 Rock Opera 

Watch on Prime Video

Easter Games, Crafts & Activities

Tie-dye your shirts, hats, shoes or shorts to celebrate the colors of spring! 

Enjoy a book about Easter!

Make colorful handprints or paint your own flowers with washable paint!

Build a colorful spring terrarium!

Hoppy Easter!

However you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your spring!

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About the Author: Ivy Summer

I’m Ivy, and I’m an MBA and certified wedding planner with 10 years of experience working with budget-conscious brides in the Bay Area. I’ve been based in Greece since February 2019, gaining experience in luxury, celebrity, and destination wedding planning.

Before I moved from San Francisco, I planned and coordinated the Guinness World Record attempt at Largest Public Wedding in 2015, introduced the annual Cannabis Wedding Expo to California in 2016, and launched America's first cannabis art museum tours and cannabis yacht tours from 2016 through 2018. By the winter of 2019, I launched an online wedding planning workshop called Plan Your Wedding Like A Pro to give couples the tools and the knowledge they’re lacking so that they can create a wedding that includes as many people as they want during the pandemic (thanks to the magic of technology). My specialty is to help couples experience their planning journey in a way that is as exhilarating as the wedding day itself. In May 2020, I wrote and published the world’s first book about how to plan a wedding in a pandemic, Poise Over Panic (also available on Amazon).