Here’s to a tradition I don’t get. Happy Easter!
Nevertheless, I still planned for it. We got the windows covered in colorful Easter Eggs, colorful Easter Bunnies, colorful jelly block letters that spell “Happy Easter”. We got soft pink bunny ears. Last year, I was totally unprepared because I didn’t know that the Easter Bunny has serious identity issues and also brings presents to kids. This year, however, I stocked up on candy and have Easter baskets all ready to go, which the kids will get before Sunday morning’s egg hunt in the backyard. After the hunt is over, we will put the egg-painting kits to good use. Ka-ching!
The kids are crazy about Easter, though, so we celebrate.
I enjoy Christmas just fine. Maybe I don’t like holidays like Easter or Valentine’s Day for kids in the US because I didn’t grow up with the traditions. Easter celebrations in the Basque Country and Spain are closer to this than this, and Valentine’s Day is only for grown-ups. Children in the Basque Country – at least as far as I know – don’t pass around cards in school, candy (what’s the deal with candy for every single freaking holiday, anyway?), or fake Valentine tattoos.
Catholics in the Philippines might take the whole thing a little too far, but I’m sure it’s cheaper than the US way, even after medical expenses to heal the hands and feet, and definitely, way healthier.
- Aberri Eguna 2012: Basque-American celebrations