Easter in France vs. America

In America, the Easter Bunny is the most prevalent figure in American Easter traditions. It has many supposed origins, including the introduction by Germans of an egg laying hare. Another story is that the Goddess of Spring, Eostre, had a hare as a companion.

In the US, a majority of people go to church in the morning, and then come home for lunch, which normally consists of ham. Everyone gets pretty dressed up, and kids play little games with each other. Some families have picnics in the park and make it a day full of games.

Little kids do easter egg hunts, which the adults spent about two hours putting together and getting creative with spots just to end up giving them away when the kids cry about not finding them. Some families also do egg tosses with hard boiled or raw eggs depending.

The process of coloring or dyeing eggs dates back to the 13th century. And parades such as the one in New York, have even older supposed roots.

In France, they typically attend church services to commemorate Jesus' resurrection.

Church bells in France are not rung on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or the Saturday before Easter Sunday for silent remembrance of Jesus' passing. Because some kids got scared because of the silence, parents told their kids that the bells had flown off the Rome to say hi to the Pope. Easter morning the bells begin to ring again. The Monday after Easter Sunday is also an observed holiday in France.

For lunch they eat roasted lamb with spring beans or harvested vegetables. Colored eggs are also popular.

Easter eggs made of chocolate or candy are popular gifts among the kids.

Symbols of Easter are spring flowers, lamb, birds eggs, and easter eggs, which symbolize the rebirth of nature after the death and cold of winter.

Children play a game in which they take eggs and roll them down a hill. The first down wins. This symbolizes the stone rolling away for Jesus' tomb.