Easter and Passover Activities


Melani Paiva, Author


    Surprisingly, many people do not know that Easter and Passover are two completely different things; which means different activities for both of them. Easter Sunday takes place on April 17 this year and Passover, or Pesach, takes place Friday, April 15, through Saturday, April 23. Easter is a Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead while Passover, is a major Jewish holiday that celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, which occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, the first month of Aviv, or spring.


The traditional Easter activities are 

  • Easter egg hunt 
  • Dye Easter eggs
  • Bake cookies or cakes and decorate with Easter things 
  • Eat chocolate bunnies
  • Flying kites (symbolism to demonstrate Jesus’s ascension to heaven)
  • Go to church 
  • Give chocolate eggs 
  • Make Easter baskets 
  • Have a family meal (dinner)
  • The traditional Easter game of “egg-tapping” entails tapping your hard-boiled egg against that of other participants in an attempt to shatter theirs while keeping yours unbroken.
  • Visit the Easter bunny 


     Passover is frequently marked by pomp and ceremony, particularly on the first night, when a special family dinner known as the Seder is held. Foods with symbolic meaning commemorating the Hebrews’ freedom are eaten at the seder, along with prayers and ritual recitations. Despite the fact that the Passover festival is designed to be a time of joy, rigorous dietary regulations must be followed, and working is prohibited during the start and end of the holiday. Telling the story, debating the story, drinking four cups of wine, eating matzah, partaking of symbolic foods put on the Passover Seder plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom are all practices associated with the Passover Seder.