Easter Customs and Traditions
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How is Easter celebrated?
Easter is celebrated in both religious and secular ways by many families throughout the world.
Traditional religious observations include the Easter Vigil, lighting of the Paschal candles, chanting of the Easter Proclamation, readings from the Old Testament, singing hymns, baptisms, confirmation and Holy Communion.
Similar to many other Christian dates, Easter celebrations extend beyond the church and is seen as a time of feasting and celebration. This has created a number of non-religious traditions. Many traditions focus around eggs which are a popular sign of Easter. Traditional Easter activities include decorating eggs, egg rolling races down a hill, Easter egg hunts and receiving chocolate Easter eggs delivered by the Easter bunny.
On Easter Sunday, many families celebrate with a Sunday roast which is traditionally roast lamb. Sweet foods such as Simnel cake and hot cross buns are also eaten during the Easter period.
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