Easter Sunday In the South
Easter Sunday In the South Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments
We are in the season of Lent; you know that time when we give up something important to us in hopes of a blessing. This time of sacrifice signals Easter Sunday is fast approaching. Easter is a special time in the South and is much, much more than a religious holiday. It’s a social occasion. Of course for Christians, Easter is a most holy time but for Southerners is also a time to socialize, celebrate family, and carry on with celebratory traditions passed down for generations. Bourbon & Boots reached out the tens of thousands that read our weekly Southern Stories and ask them to share their most cherished Easter family traditions and the following is a brief compilation of the most common responses. We hope you enjoy, comment, and share.
New church clothes are a given. Shopping for Easter clothes, even if it is just a new hat is a big deal. Girls get new spring dresses. Always. And sometimes a sweet derby style colorful hat as well. Boys get new suits. In the South we love seersucker patterns, bow ties, and all white saddle buck shoes. That's as southern as it gets.
Church Service on Easter Sunday. More than any other holiday, Easter celebration is always centered around attending a service. The local church is typically festively decorated and special music is presented celebrating the season. Many Families bring fresh flower to add to the cross at church and sunrise services are popular all around the South. The sanctuary is always so beautiful with all the colorful decorations, springtime clothing, and colorful hats.
Ever notice how on Easter it is particularly hard to find a place to park at Church on Sunday morning? For those less than orthodox believers this is the single can’t miss Sunday of the year. It’s particularly important that this is the Sunday you make sure if your momma lives alone you take her to church, irrespective of your or her age. It’s a right of passage in the South and mandatory for any self respecting Southerner.
Everyone gets an Easter Basket. You are never too old for an Easter Basket. Adorned with chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, colored confetti, and most likely a pink bunny, these baskets are a delight to all that give and receive them.
Egg dying with the kids is as important of a teaching to your kids as showing them how to carve a Turkey. Unlike the past days, there are kits to glitter and glitz your eggs or wrap them in shrink-wrap. But egg dying used to be an art form that took hours, even days to complete. We prefer real eggs rather than the cheap plastic ones, and frankly even using food coloring vs. the premade store dying kits.
Egg Hunts are still a great opportunity with family or community so socialize, show off your Easter finest clothes, and take a tone of pictures for the ages. Finding the most eggs in an Easter Egg hunt is a like winning the lottery for the participants. To grasp the scene, think of the Easter Egg hunt with little Jack in the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana in the movie Steel Magnolias (complete with a dress up bunny).
Easter Brunch. In the South, we celebrate our family and blessing around food at every possible occasion, it’s in our DNA. We look for reasons to gather around food and celebrate our beliefs and blessings together. Ever notice how sometimes unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas all the family members seem to be on their best behavior at Easter? Still all dressed up in our finest Sunday clothes, Easter brunch after Church is a rich tradition that is seared in the minds of those raised in the South.
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