Colorful parades, a busy Easter Bunny, and the Egg Roll in front of the White House: Easter is one of the USA's most popular holidays. Learn about America's most important Easter traditions.
On Easter, many Americans go to church. And as on most holidays in the USA, there is also quite a lot of eating. However, Easter in America is not the official public holiday you may be used to from other countries.
Only in some states, Good Friday is an actual holiday. This is the case in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky (half a day), Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas (in parts).
Whether employees in other states get a day off on Easter depends entirely on the employer. Also, most school children in the United States do not have an Easter vacation, but a long summer break and the mandatory Spring Break.
As in many other countries, the Easter Bunny hides colorful eggs and candy for the children in the USA.
After the egg hunt, the famous "Easter Egg Roll" begins, where the children all simultaneously roll an egg down a hill, hoping that their egg will win the race.
The event is usually also celebrated in front of the White House - without a hill, but with the US President as the referee: The so-called "Easter Egg Roll" in front of the White House has a history:
President Rutherford B. Hayes hosted the big Easter party for the first time in 1878. Despite some interruptions of this tradition, the current US President has been inviting people to his garden on Easter Monday every year since then.
Faithful Americans who are Christians go to church on Easter Sunday. There are special Easter services in many communities with traditions, such as children reciting Easter poems.
Families usually gather in the morning, dressed in festive spring attire, and head to church together, followed by a big Easter brunch.
US families usually like to meet up for the traditional Easter Dinner. The feast is eaten either at home or in a restaurant and usually consists of the following elements:
Another American Easter tradition is the festive Easter parades with their colorful traditional costumes and flower-decorated hats. Each city has its customs.
Probably the largest and most famous parade is held annually on Fifth Avenue in New York City. For Easter 2021, Fifth Avenue has prepared a virtual Easter Parade, which will take place on the Internet using the hashtag #EasterOnFifth.
Got a (virtual) date for Easter? Impress your conversation partners with these fun facts about the American Easter celebration:
Want to learn more about exciting holiday traditions in the US? Then visit our "US Holidays" section. It's all there, from St. Patrick's Day to Thanksgiving!