Today is Easter Monday, the day after Easter Sunday celebrations. It’s not a federal holiday here in the U.S. and most people go about their regular lives, but some areas still observe it. For example:
- North Dakota schools are closed on Easter Monday each year. The schools in some cities of New York, Michigan and Indiana also have a holiday on Easter Monday.
- Easter Monday was a public holiday in North Carolina from 1935-1987.
- Some communities hold egg rolling races on Easter Monday. Customs differ from one place to another, but the winner’s egg might be the one that rolls the farthest, survives the most rolls, or is rolled between two pegs.
- The best known egg rolling race in the U.S. is at the White House. A variety of family-friendly activities are part of the fun.
- The White House Easter egg collection involves a tradition begun in 1994 with each state sending a decorated egg to the White House for display. Artists from across the U.S. decorate eggs that represent each of the states and the District of Columbia. The artists vote among themselves to select the artist who will create the following year’s commemorative egg. That egg is presented to the President and First Lady.
So … what kind of Easter Sunday or Easter Monday traditions does your family have?