Lansing residents anxiously anticipate Easter Sunday festivities

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By Kevyn Collier-Roberts
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

For many Christians like Kalen Hulbert and Jesus Battle, they look forward to attending church services on Easter Sunday and spending the holiday with their families. The two Kroger employees are more than anxious to celebrate and receive the day off to spend it with those they love.

Kroger employees Kalen Hulbert and Jesus Battle take a quick break from stocking the shelves with Easter products to smile for the camera.

Kroger employees Kalen Hulbert and Jesus Battle take a quick break from stocking the shelves with Easter products to smile for the camera.

Hulbert says his favorite part about the Easter holiday is being with his family and attending church on Sunday morning.

“My church, the Christian Light Center, puts on a play every year about Resurrection Sunday and after the play the children’s choir sings a few songs. Once the children’s choir is finished with their song selections, we have a Christian dance team that performs for the congregation,” said Hulbert.

“After church, my family and I go back home and have a family barbeque where my mom and grandma cook all my favorite foods. The smaller kids have an Easter egg hunt and open up their baskets. I honestly wish I still got an Easter basket.”

They are among the many people who will be celebrating Easter Sunday March 27 in the Lansing area. Easter Sunday is a very significant holiday for many Christians around the world because it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s resurrection highlights the conquest of good over all that is evil, including sin and death.

According to History.com, various sources profess that the word Easter derived from Eostre. Eostre was a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility.

This religious holiday is typically celebrated during the month of April but this year, the holiday is being celebrated at the end of March. Easter is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

Easter Sunday not only celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ but it also marks the end of Lent, the end of Holy Week, and is the final day of the Easter Tridumm. The Easter Triduum includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

While Jesus Battle shares the same name as the Christian figure that is celebrated on this religious holiday, he does not let that take away from Jesus Christ’s shine.

When asked how he celebrates Easter Sunday, Battle said he attends church at First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

“I go to church to receive the word and after church, I run to my family’s house to eat. Every year my church cooks and serves dinner for their members but I prefer not to be at church all day,” said Battle.

“I also enjoy hearing the story about how Jesus Christ rose from the dead. I hear it every year and it never gets old,” Battle finished.

While Easter Sunday has its religious significance, it also has a commercialized side. The commercialized side of the holiday is affiliated with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and colorful eggs full of mounds of jellybeans. These various products appear yearly in stores everywhere along with other spring related products.

Jose Nieves, an employee for Gannett newspapers, enjoys quality family time on Easter Sunday but he really loves to see his children’s faces light up when they see their baskets.

“Being with my kids is always a great feeling. But seeing their faces light up when they come downstairs and find their Easter baskets is an even greater feeling for me,” said Nieves.

Many parents like Nieves love to celebrate the Easter holiday doing activities with their kids. But for those who lack time to put together an Easter basket or dye eggs, there are multiple opportunities to attend an Easter egg hunt in Lansing.

Here's a visual image of the location where the Easter Egg Hunt on the Capital Lawn will take place.

Here’s a visual image of the location where the Easter Egg Hunt on the Capital Lawn will take place.

The State Capital Building hosts their Easter Egg Hunt on the Capitol Lawn annually for the families across the Lansing area. On March 26, the Easter egg hunt will take place between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Children and their parents will have the opportunity to take part in various festivities including an egg scramble and visits with the Easter Bunny.

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