When the shops are full of Easter eggs you know it will soon be Easter. But Easter isn’t just about chocolate eggs. We celebrate certain traditions for religious reasons, for memorial reasons, and just for the fact what we are celebrating is a tradition, and we wish to keep it that way. But some of the traditions that date back thousands of years have been altered from their original meaning. Easter is a perfect example of one of the traditions that has been altered to better suit our modern times. Today we have celebrations during Easter that include such things as a life-sized bunny, hard-boiled eggs that are dyed various pastel colors, and baskets, all of which have no religious significance. Let’s take a look at few possibilities of celebrating Easter in Key West with your family and friends. There will be a plenty of local eateries offering Easter meals and number activities organized by local businesses and here are some of the highlights:
On Saturday, April 4, the Key West Library will hold its annual egg hunt at 1 p.m. in the Children and Young Adults section. Kids up to age 18 can participate, and there will also be candy, face painting, and crafts.
The Key West Botanical Garden will hold The Great Egg Hunt on April 4 to kick off this year’s Migration Mania. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include many “bird-themed” activities such as a children’s egg hunt (featuring 7,000 eggs), live bird shows, bird crafts, bird face painting, and a puppet show.
Local’s favourite “Tavern N Town” will be offering their famous Easter Brunch starting at 11 AM on Sunday. A La Cart Easter Menu includes a choice of appetizer, main course and desert for $43.95 per person. Reservations suggested. Call 800-546-0885.
Hawks Cay Resort at mile marker 61 up in Marathon is off the beaten path and its vast beautiful grounds worth the drive in Easter Sunday Traffic. The resort has number of restaurants and bars and for those who get there on Sunday between 11 AM and 2 PM, they offer a Sunday Easter Brunch for $42. For reservations call 800-395-5539 .
On April 4, 2015 The 6th Annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show begins. Hosted by the Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, this two day event features live music, arts & crafts with Wyland Galleries , educational displays, food & beverages, and silent auction. 11am – 6pm, end of Southard Street. FREE admission. For more information, visit www.keysoceanfest.org.
The timing of Easter was such that it coincides with the start of Passover. Today Passover is more than just a religious holiday, it became a major Jewish Spring festival that celebrates freedom and family. If you wish to experience liberation and freedom of Passover, please visit Chabad Jewish Center located at 906 Trinity Drive in Key West. The Passover Seder is offered on Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. Cost: Adult $75, Child (under 11) $36. Holiday Luncheons on Shabbat and Sunday, April 4 & 5 Cost: Adult $50 | Child (under 11) $36 . For more information call 305-295-0013 or visit www.chabadkeys.com.