Celebrating Easter with your baby or toddler can be lots of fun. There are so many pretty colors, beautiful spring flowers, and tons of cute animals to learn about! Plus, the meaning and history of Easter is one you can share with your baby through stories, books, and traditions. Throughout much of Latin America, Easter is celebrated in various ways, many of which are slightly different than how Easter is celebrated here in the United States. However, the theme of family togetherness and Easter fun persist! Check out these traditions for celebrating Easter that many Latinos continue to embrace, regardless of whether they are first- or third-generation Latinos living in the U.S.
Latino Traditions for Celebrating Easter with Babies & Toddlers
- Cascarones: This tradition of decorating egg shells and filling them with confetti is great for kids! Though babies won’t be able to help you make them, they’ll have fun crushing them with their feet! Toddlers can get in on the fun from making them through crushing them. See these tutorials for how to make cascarones(confetti-filled Easter eggs):
- Easter Sunday Celebrations: Many Latinos attend mass or other church services on Easter Sunday morning, followed by a big family lunch and get-together at their house or a relative’s house. This is a wonderful way to teach your baby early-on about family traditions! Even if you don’t attend church service, you can still celebrate Easter with your baby or toddler with an Easter Sunday luncheon!
- Easter Egg Hunt: Though known to be an American tradition, Easter egg hunts can be found in many Latino households, especially with the blending of cultures that’s happening more these days. It’s easy to embrace this tradition, especially since it’s such a fun one! Babies and toddlers will love searching for and finding eggs – even if you do have to help them out a little!
What Easter traditions will you be celebrating with your baby this year?