At The Museum: March 30-April 5

MARCH 30 – APRIL 5  :  EASTER TRADITIONS

Easter week is an interesting time here at the Frontier Culture Museum.  18th and 19th century celebrations and traditions varied across the Old World and New World regions depending largely on the dominant religious practices of the time. Come out and learn how different cultures celebrated Easter, or why they didn’t celebrate it at all.

Highlighted Activities

natural dyes from plants such as cabbage, onions, beets were often used to dye eggs

Natural dyes from plants such as cabbage, onions and beets were often used to dye eggs

Thursday (April 2)

  • Germany
    • Morning:  Egg dyeing
    • Noon & 2:00:  Gathering & eating of greens; Soup-making with 7 kinds of greens
    • 2:00 – 4:00:  Planting cabbage
  • England
    • Maundy Thursday (aka Holy or Covenant Thursday) activities on and off all day; Skipping rope, dyeing eggs
    • Shere (Clean) Thursday house cleaning activities
  • 1820’s America
    • Maundy Thursday activities including gathering & eating wild greens, egg dyeing, and planting flower seeds
  • 1850’s America
    • Dyeing eggs and playing egg games

Friday (April 3)

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Stop by the English Farm and learn about the origins of hot cross buns

  •  Germany
    • Karfreit (Lament Friday);  Stiller Frietag (Quiet Friday)
    • Meal of Fish and Bread
    • Egg dyeing, planting beans, crockery
    • No baking, sewing, or cleaning
  • England
    • Good Friday
    • Skipping rope (Games traditionally should stop at noon but interpreters will continue activities throughout the day)
    • Dyeing eggs
    • Making hot cross buns (spice cake)
  • 1820’s America
    • 10:00 and 2:00:  Planting potatoes and sowing seeds in garden
    • Egg dyeing
    • Very little work should be done

Saturday (April 4)

The Easter Fire Wheel is celebrated the end of winter and blessed the fields

A traditional Easter Fire Wheel

  • Germany
    • 10:00-12:00:  Egg dyeing
    • 2:30:  Fire Wheel – The fire wheel is an old pagan custom that was adapted into the Easter celebrations in the Rhineland and Westphalia sections of Germany. Giant oak wheels were packed with straw, set on fire, and rolled down a hill towards the open fields. The field that the wheel lands in would be considered blessed and lucky.
  • England
    • Morning:  Put plate of water in east window to watch dancing sun at Easter dawn
    • Easter meal preparation: Roast lamb
    • Egg dyeing
    • Egg games
    • Easter Hare traditions
  • 1820’s America
    • Dyeing eggs
    • Early preparation for Easter meal

Sunday (April 5)

  • Germany 
    • Gathering eggs
    • Games with eggs; egg rolling, egg duels, egg eating contests
    • Easter meal preparation
  • England
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    Meal preparation in 1820’s America

    • Prepare and eat Easter Meal; Lamb and mushy peas
    • Egg games
  • Ireland
    • The Scotch-Irish Farmsite will not celebrate Easter. Stop by and learn why the Presbyterians did not observe Easter.
  • 1820’s America
    • Easter meal preparation
    • Egg picking and egg hiding in the afternoon

* Want to see it all?  Consider getting an Annual Pass so you can come as often as you wish to see the things that interest you the most!  It pays for itself after just 2 visits.