Our Easter Egg Hunt Party Experience
Moving to Australia has introduced us to new traditions we never practiced in the Philippines. Take for instance, the Easter Egg hunting tradition. Although we or I knew about easter egg hunt, it was never a tradituon to organize a party back home. Perhaps from how and where I was raised, Easter is the time to celebrate Jesus’ ressurection - where we will wake up early on a Sunday to catch the salubong, or the re-enacment of the resurrection, acted by chosen members of the church. It was also the time where we feast - after fasting througout the Holy week.
Here in Australia, the Easter Weekend was very much anticipated. Starting from Good Friday to Easter Monday, it is the time where families get together and savour the usually very rare long weekends they can spend with their families. While some would travel and go on a holiday (like us), other families, would host Easter Egg hunting parties for their kids and their friends.
When we confirmed to our cousin, Rejoice that we will be spending our Easter Weekend in Queensland, she made sure to organize a party that my 3-year old son, Leon and her 8-year old daughter Bella and her friends, would enjoy. Having no prior experience to this kind of parties, I was also excited to witness it myself.
Coming home from our city tour in Brisbane, we arrived in the Thompson’s residence in the middle of the kids Easter party, around 5PM. Pastries, pizza, chips cheese and cold cuts were served. The kids are bursting with energy - some are still swimming in the pool while the others are already eating their snacks. The parents are also seated - taking the opportunity to bond and catchup with each other. When all the kids have eaten, the easter egg hunt game began. The kids - probably 8 of them ran around the house to search for hidden eggs everywhere. Luckily for us, some kids were kind enough to give Leon a couple of eggs - which he treasured the whole night. Afterwards, each kid was rewarded with chocolate eggs corresponding to the number of eggs they collected. Plus, Paolo found the “special egg” that corresponded to more treats for Leon.
Apart from the egg hunting and swimming, the kids also enjoyed jumping in the trampauline and painting easter clay molds. Most of all, it was the day, apart from Christmas that kids ate the most number of chocolates and treats. Trust me, even I was overwhelmed with the number of sweet treats served during the party.
Coming from this experience, I wonder what will be our next easter experience will be. Admittedly, I am quite excited to host one myself - meet Leon’s future friends and build new relationships with their parents. Nevertheless, this easter tradition foster friendships, build relationships and create wonderful memories for families and friends.
How about you? What is the easter tradition that you are most excited for?
xx, The Mommy Roves