Easter is one of the most popular festivals across the United States.
Going back to history, we find that Easter did not enjoy the status of a popular festival in the hearts of the early settlers in the US. The main reason behind this was most of these settlers were Puritans, who did not believe in ceremonies related to religious festivals. People in certain parts, in fact, discouraged Easter celebrations. Many of the customs associated with the Celebration of Easter go back to the ancient celebrations of spring.
It was only after the Civil War that Easter and its importance came to be felt in America just like in Europe. It was the initiative of the Presbyterians.
But after the Civil War, especially in the south, with loved ones dead or maimed, possessions gone, and future bleak, people found the story of Christ's resurrection a source of comfort, love, and hope.
Just as it remains today. He is risen. Hallelujah!
Shed the dark, heavy clothes of winter and don yourself in light, bright colors. Hide the eggs and play with the baby chickens and ducks and rabbits. It's a new day. A happy day. With a bright future.
Happy Easter Ya'll!!