Sunday, March 27, 2016

Let's Take the Easter Train

Wake Up on the Bright Side

There are a number of Easter Train rides available in the United States and other countries. For example, there is an Easter Train in Vancouver's Stanley Park and the Durango & Silverton has Snoopy the Easter Beagle. 

Today, though, we are in search of unusual Easter traditions.  We know about pickles and spider webs as decorations on Christmas Trees. What unusual traditions are there for Easter?

"The French town of Haux serves a giant omelet made with over 4,500 eggs in the main square. This custom dates back to the early 19th century when Napoleon, who loved omelets, stopped in Haux to eat one. He allegedly liked his so much that he ordered the locals to gather their eggs and make a giant omelet for his entire army the following day."

"On Good Friday in Bermuda, locals fly homemade kites. The tradition is believed to have started when a teacher from the British Army tried to explain Christ’s ascension to heaven to his Sunday school class. When the children had difficulty understanding the concept, he made a kite, traditionally shaped like a cross, to illustrate the story."

"In the U.S., the President hosts an annual Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday. The tradition dates back to 1878 when children first rolled dyed hard-boiled eggs down the White House lawn."

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