Happy Easter! Bring out the bunny ears, baskets, and a hearty appetite—everyone’s favorite springtime holiday is even better when spent with family, friends and fun seasonal traditions.
Read on as we share a few of our favorite ways to spend the day.
Meet the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny is holiday’s mascot, a friendly harbinger of spring and the fun of the Easter festivities—but where did he come from, anyway?
As it turns out, the Easter Bunny may not appear in any religious sense of the holiday, but he has been a longstanding part of the celebration. It’s believed that the legend of “Oschter Haws,” a friendly rabbit who could lay eggs, came from German immigrants in the 18th century, and simply caught on from there.
If you’d like to meet the Bunny in action, why not head to a local event where he’s expected to stop by? On Saturday the 31st, for example, the Port Orange Easter Egg Hunt takes place at 10 a.m. at the City Amphitheater… and the Easter Bunny will be there! Get your photos taken and have fun under the sun as the kiddos search for those colorful eggs.
Embracing Easter eggs
Speaking of which…where does that tradition come from? As it turns out, certain cultures have long looked at eggs as symbols of new life and birth—perfect for the meaning of Easter, as well as changing seasons from winter to spring.
It has also been suggested that painting eggs, then eating them on Easter, has its roots in the observance of Lent. Since eggs were not always allowed to be consumed during that time leading up to Easter, the holiday itself served as a way for families to indulge in the treats they’d been missing out on.
Of course, eggs weren’t the only snack they chose to enjoy on Easter Sunday!
Indulge in rich holiday treats
There’s a reason why we often associate Easter with delicious sweets, buns, candies, chocolates and more. Since Easter weekend marks the end of Lent, the period of abstaining from certain indulgences (like especially rich foods), people would use the holiday as a chance to chow down on their favorite foods—much like they did before the beginning of Lent, at a little event we call “Mardi Gras!”
So, what kinds of foods do you eat on Easter? It’s completely up to you! The holiday is definitely an opportunity for you to celebrate, though, so take some time to indulge in sweets like our Fresh Apple Fritters, Homemade Peach Cobbler, or even your favorite plate of pancakes.
No matter where your day takes you, count on Peach Valley to supply the sweets, the savory breakfast, the family-style atmosphere and anything else you might need to enjoy a truly memorable holiday. We hope to see you soon—and until then, have a very happy Easter!