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Religious and secular Easter traditions


Easter eggs are a popular sign of the holiday among its religious and

secular observers alike.


As with many other Christian dates, the celebration of Easter extends

beyond the church. Since its origins, it has been a time of celebration

and feasting and many Traditional Easter games and customs developed,

such as Egg rolling, Egg tapping, Pace egging and Egg decorating. Today

Easter is commercially important, seeing wide sales of greeting cards

and confectionery such as chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow bunnies,

Peeps, and jelly beans. Even many non-Christians celebrate these aspects

of the holiday while eschewing the religious aspects.


English-speaking world


Throughout North America, the British Isles, New Zealand and Australia

the Easter holiday has been partially secularized, so that some families

participate only in the attendant revelry, central to which is

(traditionally) decorating Easter eggs on Saturday evening and hunting

for them Sunday morning, by which time they have been mysteriously

hidden all over the house and garden. Chocolate eggs have largely

supplanted decorated eggs in New Zealand and Australia.


Colored Easter eggs in the United States.


In North America, Australia and New Zealand, parents often tell their

children that eggs and other treats have been delivered and hidden by

the Easter Bunny in an Easter basket which children find waiting for

them when they wake up. Many families in America will attend Sunday Mass

or services in the morning and then participate in a feast or party in

the afternoon; the food cooked for the feast and the customs practiced

at the feast may be influenced by Jewish cuisine and the Jewish holiday

of Passover.


A Bermuda kite.


In the UK children still decorate eggs, but most British people simply

exchange chocolate eggs on the Sunday. Chocolate Easter Bunnies can be

found in shops. Many families have a traditional Sunday roast,

particularly roast lamb, and some eat Easter foods such as Simnel cake,

a fruit cake with eleven marzipan balls representing the eleven faithful

apostles. Hot cross buns, spiced buns with a cross on top, are

traditionally associated with Good Friday, but today are often eaten

well before and after. In Scotland, the north of England, and Northern

Ireland, the traditions of rolling decorated eggs down steep hills and

pace egging are still adhered to.


In Louisiana, USA, egg tapping is known as egg knocking. Marksville,

Louisiana claims to host the oldest egg-knocking competition in the US,

dating back to the 1950s. Competitors pair up on the steps of the

courthouse on Easter Sunday and knock the tips of two eggs together. If

the shell of your egg cracks you have to forfeit it, a process that

continues until just one egg remains.[55]


In the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, the most notable feature

of the Easter celebration is the flying of kites to symbolize Christ's

ascent.[56] Traditional Bermuda kites are constructed by Bermudians of

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