Apr 26, 2011

Hunting for Easter Eggs

For those who are not familiar with Easter eggs, let me explain. Here in the US, around Easter time stores sell colorful plastic eggs which is bought and filled with candy for kids. Normally the eggs are spread around the lawn where kids pick it from. We decided to host an egg hunt for kids in our community this year. We were busy preparing for the last one month starting with mail ordering over 500 eggs! Then we bought about 20 lbs of candy. Over several weeks we have been advertising in our local web sites, yahoo groups, Evites etc to gather 'hunters' for the event.

It is supposed to be an outdoor event. However in spite of our earnest prayers it rained heavily on the proposed day. We were not discouraged the least bit. We emptied a room in the basement, brought available artificial plants from around the house, added some stuffed animals to the show and spread the eggs all around. We had over 20 kids who showed up on the big day.

Now, 12 of these 500 plus eggs were special. They were numbered 1 thru' 12 and whoever found one of these eggs were asked to bring it to the organizer for a special gift - a little teddy bear! Once all eggs were hunted down, we gathered the kids in the next room for a story reading session where we had an appointed guest read out the book called Benjamin's Box - which talks about a little boy called Benjamin who narrates the Easter story as it happened to a friend. As the person reads the book, she opens these special eggs one at a time to reveal a special Easter related item inside the egg - such as a tiny donkey, a nail, 30 silver, a piece of cloth, a crown of thorn, praying hands etc. The 12th egg is purposely left empty to emphasise to the kids that Jesus's tomb was empty the third day as He resurrected.

After the story reading we showed a Veggie Tales movie called 'T'was the night before Easter' followed by light dinner for all.

The whole event was an instant hit among parents and children alike and we wish to host it every year - God willing. Here's sharing few pictures from the event which occured 23rd April 2011 - last Saturday...

11 comments:

Chitra said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.


......The event sounds like fun. :-)

Y L said...

Thanks for the write up and the pictures.

Mangala said...

Heyy that's soo sweet! It is very interesting to know abt different cultures. Thanks for the nice write up!

baili said...

you are blessed to spread joy and happiness around dear,really proud of you,

thank you so much for kind words,i hold you back too dear

god bless you always.

Bikramjit said...

where is my EGG :) i love candies :(

Good NRIGIRL Proud of you and you brought all those smiles on everyone ... yayyyyyyyyyyy and I am sure you will host it again rememebr to tell me too.. after all I am also my mothers child :) and i need eggs tooo :)

Happy easter :)

Bikram's

Rachna said...

Happy Easter and great to hear about this event.

Juxtaposition said...
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Juxtaposition said...

Thats such a lovely thing to do. I have always wondered what Easter eggs are about. Now I know. :)

Jyothi

A said...

An Excellent post.Good description

IRFANUDDIN said...

NOw i also know abt these Eggs... HAPPY EASTER :)

R. Ramesh said...

gr8 post:)

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