Easter, a significant event marked in the Canadian calendar is celebrated at the same time as in case of the other Western countries. People start their day by attending churches, planning for a family get together and organizing for an Easter egg hunt. Similar to other countries, Easter in Canada too is celebrated in honor of Jesus Christ who was put to death by crucifixion. Itís a great time to decorate Easter eggs, participate in Easter craft contests and come up with great recipes like the Easter basket cake, cape Breton scones, potatoes nicoise, apple tart, maple baked beans, and mustard-crusted lamb.
Easter candles are lit in churches on Easter Sunday and some hold the opinion that these are directly associated with Pagan traditions of lighting bonfires so as to welcome the resurrection or rebirth of the Sun God. Canadian Easter too considers eggs to be a significant symbol. In fact, according to Easter traditions in Canada, they symbolize the resurrection of Lord Jesus after his crucifixion. Easter eggs are either made of candy or chocolate and are common gifts to be presented on Easter. Other Easter symbols that deserve a mention include Easter bunnies and lilies.
The†Bal en Blancís†is the main event of Easter Sunday that attracts thousands of partygoers round the year in Montreal. Another Easter festivity that deserves a mention is the Winter Carnival organized in the Quebec City. The carnival comprises of sporting events, like skiing, skating, and tobogganing. Additionally, innumerable Easter songs and plays are staged in community halls and theatres across important Canadian cities.
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