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Many rituals and traditions are associated with the celebration of Easter.

Whether it be an Easter egg hunt, decoration of eggs, or a church service, most of us part-take in activities that mark the event as a time for reflection, celebration, and above all engagement with family.

It is here that true meaning is created as each family constructs its own unique rituals that continue to bring joy across generations.

Why are family rituals important?

Family rituals help us to feel a part of something that is strong and ongoing.  They create a team bond between family members known as “family identity”.

As activities are systematically repeated over time, rituals stabilise family identity by clarifying family member roles, setting boundaries within and outside the family, and establish rules that say “this is how our family is”.

Children:

Rituals are important for children in creating a sense of stability and consistency. This helps a child feel safe, wanted and contained.

They learn that some things in life are predictable and can be reliably looked forward to.

They learn that they play a certain role in fulfilling the ritual and take enjoyment in knowing they are part of “how our family is”.

Teenagers:

Rituals help bridge the road from childhood to adulthood. Even when everything else is changing within and around them, teenagers can rely on and look forward to something predictable in which they understand their role.

It offers them an opportunity to rekindle their relationships with family if they have been distant or rebellious and remember fondly their days of childhood perhaps softening some of those hard emotions.



Adults:

Adults and particularly parents swell with pride as they recreate the traditions they experienced as a child.

This is an opportunity to show the next generation “how things are done”. By putting a unique spin on a tradition, parents can also take joy in knowing how they have contributed to their own children’s pleasant memories.

Elderly or grandparents:

Finally, rituals allow the elderly or grandparents to connect with younger generations.

They have an opportunity to pass on their wisdom and take comfort in knowing that “how things are done” will continue to be done by future generations.

So however you celebrate Easter, enjoy the knowledge that what you do is important in the psychological continuation of your family and connecting the generations.

You’re creating a sense of love, personal and family pride, and a sense of belonging that no one else can give.

What Easter rituals do your family have? Share in the comments below.

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  • It is usually church, family lunch and some Easter games.

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  • looking very great

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  • good to read

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  • Our ritual is easter hunt around the house with baskets and chocolate for breakfast!

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  • church, egg hunt and a family lunch

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  • Our family goes camping together every Easter. It’s been a tradition that has been happening for over 30 years. Our kids love it and look forward to it every year. It’s lovely having special traditions.

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  • My daughter loves participating in an Easter Egg hunt, but she really doesn’t like milk chocolate. She’s a white chocolate only girl. And now that we have the dog – and chocolate isn’t good for dogs – we tend not to stage an actual chocolate egg hunt.


    • lol yeah gotta love the easter egg hunt.

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  • Yes we do. We always have the Easter Egg hunt for the whole family :)
    Love to see their faces light up when they find the goodies & fill their Easter Basket !!

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  • Every easter when the boys were young, there would be sultana’s on their beds and a trail along the floor, a treat that my step mum did, it was wonderful, they loved it. They thought it was wonderful. I was much older so it didn’t happen for me.

    When I had children, I thought I would follow grandma’s little secrets, she had so many. Easter came around, I had bought a big bag of sultanas that really looked like rabbit pooh, so easter sunday the two kids woke to rabbit pooh on their beds, a trail going down the hall. “MUM, THERE ARE SULTANA’S ALL OVER THE BED AND FLOOR” – “DID YOU DO THAT”. I was so upset. They were the same age as the boys when I did, I was really disappointed.

    I just wonder whether the boys knew but didn’t want to upset grandma when she did it… mm I will have to ask. So, my kids ate sultanas off their bed and I made them pick them up off the floor and put in the bin since they spoiled my surprise pooh.

    xx dee

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  • Looks like the old easter egg hunt is most popular! We also do an easter egg hunt and look forward to seeing the easter bunnies foot prints down the hallway!

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  • When Master 16 was little, we used to do the Easter Egg hunt round the backyard. He got over it after a few years. Now we’ve got Miss 2, we’re going to start off this year and try and keep it going for a few more years.

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  • Easter is the only time the kids can have chocolate for breakfast.

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  • As a family we all get together with my mum and dad on good Friday and start the day with our Hot cross Buns and have a big cook up of fish at lunch, then spend the rest of the day relaxing and playing games. On easter Sunday if the whole family is down we will do a egg hunt for the kids.

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  • Eat chocolate for breakfast :P HAHAHA

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