Springtime means the celebrations of Easter and Passover are close. Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and Passover celebrates the liberation of the ancient Jews from slavery in Egypt. Both are popular religious holidays celebrated in the US.

The dates of these two holidays change every year. This year Passover is celebrated from the evening of April 3 to the evening of April 11. Easter is always on a Sunday, also known as Easter Sunday; this year that falls on April 5.

Passover

According to history, the name Passover comes from the time when God killed all first-born sons in Egypt in an attempt to convince the pharaohs to release the Jews from slavery. Moses instructed the Jews to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood on their door so God would “pass over” their homes and the Jews’ sons would be saved.

Today Passover is celebrated with a ritual meal called Seder on the first two nights. The image below is the Sedar meal. Clicking on the image will take you to a short video that explains the origins of Passover and what each item of the meal represents.

Passover Seder Plate

Easter

Easter represents the end of lent, a period of 40 days during which Christians give up foods or distractions in order to focus on God. This represents the period of 40 days when Jesus went into the wilderness to fast and pray.

Today, it is typical to see bunny rabbits and Easter eggs around Easter. Children will have Easter baskets that will be filled with chocolate and other candy. Two popular sweets are Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs, shown below.

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Prior to Easter Sunday, children will decorate hard-boiled eggs that the Easter Bunny will then hide. On Easter, the children will take their Easter baskets and search for the Easter eggs they decorated.

Below is a videos that provides some information about Easter, to include how the bunny became associated with this holiday.

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Whether you’re celebrating Passover, Easter, or neither, we wish you a Happy Spring!