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April 15, 2014 > Egg-cellent Easter fun

Egg-cellent Easter fun

By Sara Giusti

Easter is almost here, and Tri-City communities have plenty of activities in store to celebrate!

Easter is the pinnacle holiday for those of the Christian faith, as it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. Since Easter is a moveable feast Ð not falling on a fixed date Ð its celebration can vary from March to late April, as it lands on the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. Easter also ends forty days of Lent, a period of abstinence from vices in order to become closer to God. The last week of Lent, called Holy Week, includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, symbolizing Jesuss entrance into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, and Crucifixion, respectively.

While Easter is a very religious holiday, secular celebrations have arisen in the Western world featuring the Easter Bunny, Easter candy and baskets, dyeing eggs, and egg games. Eggs have been associated with Easter for hundreds of years due to their conveyance of rebirth and resurrection. Even before Christianity developed, eggs were decorated and regarded as symbols of fertility and renewal; 60,000 year old engraved Ostrich eggs have been discovered in Africa. The Christian church officially adopted eggs as a symbol of ChristÕs resurrection in the 17th century.

The Easter Bunny emerged from German stories of an egg-carrying hare who would give eggs, candy, and sometimes toys to well-behaved children, similar to Santa Claus. Much like Easter eggs, hares are also considered symbols of fertility and rebirth, as they are known for birthing large litters, especially around springtime. The Easter Bunny also helped teach young children about the Biblical meaning of Easter, introducing them to the theme of resurrection; sometimes hares are included in children services at church.

Egg games are also popular for Easter, especially egg hunts, with the largest egg hunt recorded by the ÒGuinness Book of World RecordsÓ in Winter Haven, Florida: 501,000 eggs searched for by 9,753 children in 2007. Egg tapping is another traditional game, in which hard boiled eggs are given out and each player has to tap other playersÕ eggs with their own without breaking their shell. The last standing, unbroken egg wins. For some, egg tapping is a serious competition, and preparation for the game is almost Olympian Ð competitive players know which chickens lay harder eggs, what food to feed hens for better eggs, how to boil eggs to their ÒtappingÓ advantage, and more.

EasterÕs themes of resurrection, rebirth, and renewal are especially applicable this year, as Earth Day follows just two days after Easter on April 22. Instead of buying a dye kit, prepare Easter eggs at home with an eco-friendly, DIY recipe, reuse Easter baskets, and opt for less wasteful packaging. Better yet, skip the car and bike to one of these Easter events, enjoying the holiday while helping the planet.

Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Kennedy Community Center
1333 Decoto Rd, Union City
(510) 675-5276
Preregistration: $6 residents, $8 non-residents
Day of Event: $10

Community Egg Hunt and Carnival
Saturday, Apr 19
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Warm Springs Community Park
47300 Fernald St, Fremont
(510) 490-9500

Easter Egg Hunt, Games and Holi Picnic
Saturday, Apr 19
11 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
M.A. Center
10200 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley
(510) 469-4634
Free; preregistration required online

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bridges Community Church
505 Driscoll Rd, Fremont
(510) 651-2030

Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Parade
Saturday, Apr 19
9 a.m.
Kennedy Park
19501 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 888-0211

Easter Outreach and Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19
10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Christ Community Church
1000 S. Park Victoria Dr, Milpitas
(408) 262-8000
Free; please bring a bag of individually wrapped candy

Cross of Love - Easter Musical
Thursday, Apr 17 Ð Saturday, Apr 19
7:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Apr 19
Neighborhood Church
20600 John Dr, Castro Valley
(510) 537-4690
$5 suggested donation

Easter Celebration
Sunday, Apr 20
10:30 a.m.
Harbor Light Church
4760 Thornton Ave, Fremont
(510) 744-2233

Easter Service
Sunday, Apr 20
10 a.m.; ASL interpretation 10:30 a.m. Deaf Easter Services
Mission Springs Community Church
48989 Milmont Dr, Fremont
(510) 490-0446

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