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Easter, Passover Holiday Traditions With a Twist

Friday, April 06, 2012

Not your traditional easter eggs. (mrsmullerauh/flickr)

Easter and Passover are about more than hunting for colorful eggs and eating matzos. Each family has certain traditions they follow during the holidays. But some of those traditions can be, well, untraditional.

At St. Mary's Church in Harlem, Lisa Slokum said her family is holding a Good Friday movie marathon. And it's not typical holiday films like "Easter Parade" or "The Ten Commandments."

"We have a short film someone made based on a David Sedaris story. It's called 'Jesus Shaves,'" she said.

The other tradition she enjoys seeing are the different Easter hats that people wear to church.

"It's how people express themselves," she said. "There was one that was a purple confection that looked good enough to eat."

Inside a barber shop down the street, Coleen Dowell said the thing that she does that is uniquely hers is make Cheerio Easter eggs. It involves mixing cheerios with melted butter and marshmallow and then forming an Easter egg out of the mixture. 

"I do it all by myself. For Easter, the moms take care of everything," she said. "We cook the meals, entertain, paint the eggs."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg won't be cooking his Passover Seder meal. But he said he'll bring the extra spicy horseradish to his sister's dinner. On WOR, Bloomberg said he traditionally overeats at Seder, and tries not to over drink. He noted you're supposed to have four glasses of wine with the meal.

"But as far as I know...there's nothing wrong with having more than that," he joked.

Does your family have an unusual or different Easter or Passover tradition? Share them with us.


Jessie Wright-Mendoza contributed reporting.

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