Celebrate Easter without leaving your home
Who says you can’t celebrate Easter with your beloved ones without leaving home? Easter is a time to be with your family, and together, to celebrate the beginning of spring. Normally, you go and eat dinner together at your parents house or somewhere else with the whole family. Or you visit the church or go to one of the many parades. Unfortunately, this will not be possible this year. So, we are going to give you some tips so you can still enjoy this Easter with your family and friends. This way we can still celebrate one of the most important Catholic holidays of the year together.
First, some background information
Before you start celebrating Easter it is important that you know why we actually celebrate Easter. In every country people celebrate Easter a different way. Here in Spain it is one of the most important Catholic holidays of the year. Instead of just celebrating just two days Spanish people celebrate it for a whole week. This week is called Semana Santa (Spanish for “holy week”). The celebrations start on Palm Sunday and end on Holy Saturday. During Easter we celebrate the anniversary of the passion of Christ, the entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Via Crucis, the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The dates of Easter vary because they depend on the Lunar calendar. Another big Easter tradition in Catalonia is “Mona de Pascua”. These are delicious cakes in the shape of donuts.
What to do when you live alone?
It doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful Easter when you live by yourself. Luckily for us, we have Skype. This is a perfect way to spend your Easter with loved ones without having to leave your home. Prepare a delicious meal for yourself and get a good glass of wine. Then call your family or friends and enjoy a lovely dinner together. A tip from us: decorate the dinner table as if your relatives were going over. Don’t feel like cooking a whole dinner? Then maybe a fun idea is to decorate some eggs or bake a “Mona de Pascua”. If you choose to decorate eggs, you can do this with your friends via Skype as well. Open a bottle of wine and have yourself a little egg decorating party. Because let’s be honest, everything is more fun with a glass of wine.
When you live with your family
If you live with your family, not much changes. The only thing that changes is that you can’t invite more family to come over, and you are not able to go to church. But other than that you can have a lovely Easter. A fun thing you can do is assign a course to every family member. So, for example: your mother makes a starter, your father the main, your brother the dessert and you are in charge of the drinks. But this is totally up to you. Since only one of you can do the shopping, it is important to make a list of everything you need for your dishes. The people that stay home while someone else is shopping can decorate the house and dining table. You don’t have to buy any decorations, just use some plants and everything that has a pastel colour and screams spring.
Celebrating Easter with Children
One of the funniest things to do for children during Easter is eating all of the delicious food. In Spain the Godfather (or Godmother) bakes a “Mona de Pascua” for their grand-children on Easter Monday. If seeing your grandparents isn’t an option this Easter then parents can bake a Mona cake for their children. This way the children can still enjoy the tasty food. This can also be a good time to school your children on Easter. What we actually celebrate during Easter and why. You can educate them through stories, movies and music. Don’t feel like educating your children? There are enough other fun Easter movies you can put on. A tip from us: don’t just let your children eat the Mona cake but ask them to help so they can learn how to make one on their own.
Other European traditions
In Catalonia a lot of the traditions during Easter are a bit hard to do from home. The traditions are very Catholic and include going to church or parades. You can still watch a traditional parade on the TV or listen to traditional music. But maybe it’s fun to try out some Easter traditions from different countries. Decorating eggs for instance isn’t something people normally do in Spain. Another fun activity to do with children is an egg hunt. You can let the children decorate their own eggs. Then hide them throughout the house and let the kids find them. In Greece the Easter bunny sees red, all of the eggs and decorations are in red. Because red is the colour of life and represents the blood of Christ. Do you have any cool Easter traditions? Share them with us in the comments.