How do children around the world celebrate Easter?

As we get ready to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this Easter, we are also likely getting ready to revisit our yearly traditions, whether it is packing the kids in the minivan to visit grandma, singing worship songs at church, hunting for chocolate eggs in the garden or cooking that turkey to perfection. But what do Easter celebrations look like around the world? We asked Compassion-assisted kids to share some of their favourite family traditions for Easter. Take a look at how they will be celebrating Jesus this year!

Wearing a new dress

A girl stands in a large room wearing a yellow dress and smiling at the camera.

“My father celebrates by giving me a dress of my favourite colour each year at Easter.”
– Anny, 11, Bangladesh

Swimming and eating sweet beans

A young girl stands in front of an emerald green wall. She wears a pink t-shirt with the Eiffel tower on it, she wears jeans.

“At Easter, we eat sweet beans and bathe in the pool. It is very special because I can play and have fun and spend time with my family.”
– Gianmilka, 10, Dominican Republic

Talking to youth about Jesus

“I’m part of the youth ministry at my church. On Easter, after the main service we go back home, have a tasty meal with our family and in the evening I join other youth at church to discuss our walk with Jesus Christ. It’s a day we really reflect on what it means to us for Jesus to die on the cross and on the third day be resurrected.”
– David, 20, Rwanda

Playing with colours

“Every year at Easter, I look forward to celebrating by playing Holi with water and colours right after the church service is over.”
– Diana, 11, Bangladesh

(Holi is a Festival of Colour celebrated in India and Bangladesh by throwing colour powders. Originally a Hindu celebration, it has become a secularized celebration and has become integrated into some Easter celebrations.)

Visiting extended family

A girl sits at wooden school desk with a chalk board in the background. She leans with her chin on hand her elbow on the desk.

“Besides going to church on Easter as a family, we usually go and visit our family members that live in distant places, and we share a memorable meal. It’s only Easter when I get to meet my cousins, uncles and aunties I don’t get to see every day. It’s an amazing day for our family.”
– Cynthia, 13, Rwanda

Reenacting the Last Supper

A girls sits on a log in small, grass field.

“At Easter in my church, we dress as Hebrews, and then we have a party where we drink a little bit of wine with bread. We do that to remember when Jesus told his disciples ‘the wine is my blood and the bread is my body.”
– Nicol, 10, Bolivia

Touring the town

A Rwandan boy wearing bright red jacket, stands with his arms crossed and smiles at the camera.

“My father always takes me and my brother to town for a tour every Easter. We get to see the new buildings in Kigali city. We enter one of the newest buildings and our father buys us a snack. This is the only time of the year we get to do this with my father. Easter is always a memorable day for me and my brother.”
– Elie, 12, Rwanda

Singing in the choir

A girl sits on the floor in a large room. She wears an ornate dress and smiles.

“I always look forward to singing in the choir at the Easter service. I love to sing—it makes me happy! When we sing in the church with everyone, the joy is twofold in my heart.”
– Srabonti, 10, Bangladesh

Eating rice and chicken

A girl in a pink t-shirt sits on a playground and smiles at the camera.

“On Easter, I like to eat rice and chicken.”
– Luisa, 9, Dominican Republic

Watching an Easter movie

A boy sits a wooden school desk in a classroom and smiles at the camera.

“We watch The Passion— an Easter movie about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it always reminds me of the price Jesus paid for my salvation. It always makes me cry because it’s sad to see Jesus being beaten even though He is innocent.”
– Steven, 12, Rwanda

Want to tell your Compassion child about your Easter traditions? Write today at My.Compassion.ca.

Photos and reporting by Galia Oropeza, Jarvis Sangma, Yrahisa Meteo Solano and Doreen Umutesi; words by Laura Heming

Written by: Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips is the Marketing Writer for Compassion Canada. She is passionate about pursuing justice and mercy through writing, crafting, music, and sharing stories over a cup of strong coffee.