It's springtime, and the long-awaited Christian festival is almost here – the Easter holiday! It is a time to express joy and spread good cheer while participating in many activities.
If you live in St Petersburg and Clearwater, there are several beautiful Easter traditions deeply rooted in the area’s rich cultural heritage. Today's blog will uncover them to ensure you enjoy this holiday in a more meaningful way.
Easter Traditions and Their Meanings
Go for Easter Egg Hunt
One of the most cherished Easter traditions is participating in Easter egg hunts. It is a fun activity for the whole family, and St Petersburg and Clearwater have embraced it centuries back. This tradition acts as a symbol of women who discovered that the tomb was empty after Jesus was resurrected.
If you want to enjoy an Easter egg hunt expedition, join City on a Hill Church on 8th April for their Spring Festival & Easter egg hunt. Also, you can join in the fun of egg hunting alongside other activities at Tarpon Springs High School for The Golden Eggsperience.
Eating Traditional Easter Foods
Another beautiful tradition to mark Easter is eating traditional foods.
St Petersburg and Clearwater have many restaurants where you get the Easter specialties. Some foods you should try include hot cross buns; they symbolize Jesus' crucifixion. Roasted lamb is another popular dish that refers to the sacrifice made by Jesus and Easter eggs represent new life and rebirth. Desserts like carrot cakes, rhubarb pies, and lemon tarts are also enjoyed to make this day even sweeter.
You can get these and many other food items from Birch and Vine, Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, and Maritana Grille at The Don CeSar. You can also join The Birchwood for their Easter day brunch; you’ll undoubtedly find most of the Easter foods.
Attend Easter Sunrise Services
On Easter Sunday, many churches in St Petersburg and Clearwater hold Easter services. They usually occur in local parks, beaches, and waterfront locations in the morning. People sing hymns and pray to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus.
You can go to the Church of Scientology flag service organization with your family on Sunday, 9th April, for their Easter service and, later on, take part in their family day event. It will be fun with lots of complementary activities, and you get to meet the Easter bunny.
Good Friday Procession
The Good Friday procession is a significant event to mark Easter. You can join other Christians to commemorate the suffering and sacrifice and Jesus Christ.
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