10. Easter – An Important Christian Holiday
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the
of the dead of Jesus Christ as told
the Bible. Christians are found in church on
. Some Christians participate in an Easter vigil or
mass, sometimes held by candlelight. Easter is never
a set date. It is observed on a
between the end of March and the end
April. The exact date is calculated based on
different calendar. Many public schools in the U.S.
a week-long vacation around Easter time. Sometimes this
is called Easter or Spring break.
States, Easter is also celebrated as a secular
. It is associated with the beginning of spring
symbolized by bunnies, flowers, and dyed eggs. Many
in the U.S. believe in a fictional character
the Easter Bunny. According to the myth the
Bunny leaves baskets full of candy for children.
these baskets are hidden and the children have
find them on Easter Sunday morning. Candy that
usually inside an Easter basket can include chocolate
the shape of bunnies or chicks, jellybeans, and
Another activity associated with Easter is an Easter
hunt. According to popular mythology, the Easter Bunny
painted eggs and children need to find them.
real eggs used to be used, now it
common to use plastic eggs filled with candy.
are usually public Easter egg hunts in parks
the country. The White House even hosts an
egg hunt. Another Easter tradition associated with Easter
dying real eggs in different, usually pastel, colors
light pink, blue and yellow.
In New York
, people take to Fifth Avenue to participate in
Easter Parade. The Easter Parade isn't a parade
marching bands and floats. People walk up and
Fifth Avenue showing off elaborately decorated hats or