Five New Easter Traditions That Your Family Should Adopt

The following article was written by Melinda McKee.

When you think of springtime, what usually comes to mind? Do you think of fresh-blooming flowers such as lilies and tulips? What about tiny chicks, baby rabbits, and lambs? Spring is a time associated with freshness, new life, and the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Here are some myths to dismiss this year and new traditions that your family needs to implement.

Myth: A real Easter bunny will be the perfect pet for my family.
Truth: A rabbit is a living, breathing being who requires a lot of dedication and more than 10 years of commitment. Buying rabbits promotes bunny mills, which strip baby bunnies from their mothers after just a few weeks, and pet stores that care only about money.
Instead: As an alternative to bringing home a real bunny or chick, bring your family vegan chocolate bunnies or a stuffed toy that they can cuddle forever.

Rabbits Aren't Easter Gifts

Myth: We need to maintain the family tradition of eating [insert gross meat here].
Truth: As the Earth’s population grows, it is more important than ever to go vegan. If you care about animals and the future of our planet, tell your family to take the next step.
Instead: Here are some vegan holiday recipes that will last for generations to come.

Myth: I should take my kids to get photographed professionally with animals.
Truth: Where do these animals come from? Where do they go when Easter is over and they’ve lost their seasonal “cuteness”? The answer may break your heart.
Instead: Don’t take photographs with live animals. Instead, take pictures with a person in costume or this giant carrot!

Myth: I should do activities using chicken eggs.
Truth: The egg industry is cruel and forces hens to spend two insufferable years on this planet crammed into tiny cages.
Instead: There are so many different ways to have a memorable Easter season with your family without using eggs from animals. Make sure your activities are chicken-friendly by using plastic eggs for your Easter egg hunt. You can even put treats inside for extra fun.

Try these options:

How will you have an animal-friendly Easter this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Katrelya Angus commented on March 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I’ll celebrate Easter by wearing beautiful exotic clothes, and, after church, dancing, dancing, dancing!!!

  • chander kumar soni commented on March 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    i am animal lover.

  • Larry David Eudene commented on March 31, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I celebrated Easter with my true love, beloved cats and my adorable stuffed rabbit named Arnie. I also ate vegetarian food.
    🙂 Happy Easter! Have an eggstatic day without eggs!

  • Yolanda commented on April 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Katrelya Angus I loved, loved, loved your comment. What a wonderful way to celebrate. I too am moving away from all those traditions. I’ve never had a pet bunny, but I agree we can do without all the old traditions. Besides, it’s not about bunnies or eggs, it’s about the resurrection of my Savior Jesus Christ. I didn’t buy my kids any candy or pets. I bought them each a spring outfit and an Inspirational Coloring Book about Jesus from Dayspring.

  • Angelina commented on October 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I Love Animals.I have My Own Chicken`s which I Love More Than Me.
    Thank You Peta For Your Support to Protect Animals.
    Great God Bless You.

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  • Shubhra commented on November 2, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I am an Indian hindu brahmin. We have been brought up with the belief that all living beings have feelings. They may be able to express their pain or sufferings or may not be. But we must respect all life forms. The suggestions here in the site are excellent for people to mull over. Even if a few people are influenced and make changes in their eating habits, I am sure the purpose of this article is more than achieved. Keep up the good work:-)