It is the highlight of the Spring, Easter.  Here in San Angelo, we have many rich Easter traditions.  Here are some of our favorite Easter Traditions here in San Angelo.

1. The Easter Bunny: Where did the tradition of the Easter Bunny come from? The Easter Bunny never appeared in the Bible. Christians observe Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox. Before Christianity, there was a pagan holiday that also fell around the same time. This festival was for fertility goddess, Eastre. That is very similar to “Easter”. The fertility goddess was symbolized by the hare along with the egg. Voila. Christianity appropriated an already well celebrated holiday.  This happened with a lot of traditions around the world appropriated by Christianity.

Chocolate Easter Bunny in a Basket with Assorted Candy
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2. Easter Egg Coloring: Coloring Easter eggs is a popular tradition in West Texas. Here with the brown and gold color of our environment, coloring our eggs in earth tones does make it harder to find them.  Most, however, prefer the brightly colored eggs which have become the accepted norm.  Where did the tradition of the Easter egg come from?  An early Christian story often repeated is that Mary Magdalene somehow managed to attend a banquet with Emporer Tiberius Caesar. While she was holding a white egg in her hand, she proclaimed to the skeptical Emporer, “Christ is risen!”  With that the emperor laughed and said “The idea that your Christ has risen from the dead is about as likely as that egg in your hand turning red.” With that, the egg turned red.

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3. Easter Egg Hunts: Besides eating our beautiful Easter Egg creations, there wouldn’t be a lot of ways to enjoy them. Thus, The Easter Egg hunt was invented.  As a child we often hid Easter eggs, sometimes a little too well.  It was not uncommon for us to find them months later by their smell.  Easter Egg hunts are a San Angelo tradition.  There are two coming up on Saturday.

"The Easter Eggstravangza" is set for noon til 5pm at the Nature Center on Knickerbocker Road.  This hunt features face painting and the main event egg hunt at 2pm.

If you like your Easter Egg hunts closer to nature and like to see animals, The Easter Egg Hunt at Big Stars Farm is also  Saturday, April 16th in Ovalo, Texas. Gates open at 10 egg hunt at 11a.

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4. Easter Ham: In most areas of the country ham is the staple food for Easter.  The H-E-B website has some other popular Texas options.  No one knows Texas eating habits like H-E-B.  Along with the Easy Pineapple Pecan Glazed Ham, H-E-B recommends, Sweet and Spicy Glazed Brisket, Raspberry Chipotle Pork with Roasted Potatoes, Crab and Shrimp Bread and several others.  For me, it’s ham and deviled eggs.  The rest just depends on the mood.

Homemade Glazed Easter Spiral Cut Ham with Carrots and Potatoes
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5. Sunrise Service. The miraculous rise of Christ, three days after his resurrection is often celebrated by churches with Sonrise services.  As the sun rises, so did the risen Christ.  Commemorating this miracle, churches invite their congregation to worship as the sun rises, have communion and enjoy scripture reading.

This year in San Angelo, the Lake View Bible Church is having their Easter sunrise service in their parking lot.  The event is open to all and the church is  at 4825 Grape Creek Road, San Angelo.

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6. The Ozona Cross

In the nearby town of Ozona, the First United Methodist Church has an inspiring Easter tradition.  The church takes the centerpiece of a wooden cross.  On Good Friday, the cross, which is made from the trunk of a Christmas tree stands bare, a symbol of death and defeat.  At the beginning of the Easter Service, members of the congregation come forward and decorate the cross with flowers as the opening hymn is sung.  The barren symbol of death is then transformed into a beautiful symbol of the resurrection.  This incredible Easter tradition is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday.  The church is also having an Easter egg hunt after the service at 11am (Bring your own Basket) and an Easter dinner after the egg hunt.

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7. Baby Animals: As the staff at Palmer Feed and Supply will tell you, Spring is the season when many baby animals come into the world.  There are bunnies, chicks, ducks, and turkeys.  This is the one time of the year when  many farmers replenish herds and flocks.  There is no better time to enjoy baby animals than Easter.

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8. Easter Bonnets:  Easter bonnets used to be a big fashion accessory. Women here in the Concho Valley would work on just the right look all year long.  In recent years, the Easter bonnet is making a comeback, thanks to the profusion of photos on Pinterest, not to mention the many "How To" videos on YouTube.  With traditional gender roles relaxing, men are also getting into the act.  The Easter Bonnet is a fun fashion accessory in San Angelo and a full-fledged Easter tradition.

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9. Easter Outfits: Even in challenging times, the Easter Outfit was a family tradition.  Parents who could often only afford one pair of shoes per year, per child would save up diligently to buy a new outfit for their children to wear to Sunday Easter services.  Today, Easter Outfits are still a San Angelo Easter tradition, where today's kids hear the stories of Easter outfits of yore from elders who remember the days when a new pair of "Easter Shoes" and a new shirt were a very special treat.

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Did we miss any popular San Angelo Easter Traditions.  Let us know on the app or on our Facebook page. Happy Easter.

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