The meaning of many different customs observed during Easter Sunday have been buried with time. Their origins lie in pre-Christian religions and Christianity. All in some way or another are a «salute to spring,» marking re-birth. The white Easter lily has come to capture the glory of the holiday. The word «Easter» is named after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring
Here are some ideas about Easter customs and traditions in US: –
- A must play Easter game for American kids is an Easter egg roll.
- A special dish for Easter springtime in the USA is baked ham, potatoes and vegetables.
It was in the early 1700’s, when for the first time, eggs were dyed and the credit for starting this practice in America can be attributed to Pennsylvania German settlers.
- The German settlers when moved to U.S., popularized the tradition of the Easter hare. And as the days passed, the Easter hare became the Easter bunny delighting the kids with baskets of eggs, chocolates, candy, jelly beans and other goodies on the Easter morning.
- Nowadays markets are flooded with a large range of Easter baskets to suit all tastes and preferences. Easter baskets bring multiple goodies together without much effort and the packaging is done in such a way as to present itself as a kind gift.
- As a part of Easter traditions in the US, sunrise services are held and the main idea is to include various Christian religious groups in this event.
- Painting the Easter eggs and then conducting Easter egg hunt games for the kids is what most American parents do during Easter week.
The Egg Roll itself is a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. Surrounding events include appearances by White House personalities in Easter Bunny costumes, speeches and book-reading by Cabinet secretaries, and exhibits of artistically-decorated eggs.
In 1880 the First Lady invited children to the White House for the Egg Roll because officials had complained that they were ruining the Capitol lawn. It has been held there ever since then, only canceled during times of war. The event has grown, and today Easter Monday is the only day of the year when tourists are allowed to wander over the White House lawn. The wife of the President sponsors it for the children of the entire country. The egg rolling event is open to children twelve years old and under.