Most of us woke up to snow at least once this week. It’s mid April and we are still feeling the chill in the air and witnessing the white stuff on the ground. This weekend is a long weekend. It’s Easter weekend. As well as for its religious aspects, this weekend is the one traditionally set aside to “open the cottage”. That may be a little premature this year. The weather forecasts are not calling for more snow but the temperatures will be below the norm so anything is possible. Fear not. There are still plenty of traditions happening in the Durham Region to keep you occupied.
The Pickering Easter Parade celebrates its 10th year on Saturday, April 19th. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 606 & the Ladies Auxiliary present this annual event with lots of fun for everyone. Put on your best Easter bonnet, decorate your bike, wagon or doll carriage to join in the fun and you could win a prize! The parade route runs East on Annland St. at Liverpool Rd. to Krosno Blvd. and along Krosno to Bayly St. ending at the Legion, where you can have lunch and join in more activities.
Easter Egg Hunts can be found in Newcastle and Ajax on Saturday. The hunt begins at 10 a.m. at the Port of Newcastle waterfront, at Lakebreeze Drive and Stillwell Lane. The Ajax hunt is being held at the Westney Heights Baptist Church and also starts at 10 a.m.
Port Perry hosts its fifth annual “Easter Bonnet Contest” along with its Easter Egg Hunts on Sunday at noon in front of the library. Everyone, young and old, male or female is encouraged to dig up their old hats and turn them into festive Easter bonnets of all kinds to win prizes and ribbons.
Speaking of Easter bonnets, you can wear yours to “Silver Screen Sunday” at the St. Francis Centre on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. where you’ll get to see the classic Judy Garland and Fred Astaire flick, “Easter Parade”.
Whether your rabbit is traditionally furry or chocolate, you are guaranteed to see the “Easter Bunny” at all these events.
A lot of Holiday traditions involve food, including Easter. Chocolate seems to be a given as you can find it in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colours. Some of our traditions come from “The Old Country”. With a large community of Ukrainians in the Durham Region it’s hard not to think of them at Easter, especially while watching the heartache on the news. A favourite for a lot of Canadians Easter morning is “Hot Cross Buns” but if you are fortunate enough to have some Ukrainian relatives or friends you may be able to feast on Ukrainian Easter bread known as Paska.
Colouring Easter eggs is another tradition we are all familiar with. The brighter the colours, the more mess the kids love to make. It is a lot of fun and a very creative activity to do with your kids. Ukrainians, however, have been crafting Pysanky, elaborately decorated eggs, for thousands of years. Each egg is a work of art.
Whether you are spending time this long weekend keeping up old family traditions or making new ones, enjoy your time with friends and family and be grateful for the freedoms we have to celebrate any way we want.