Easter and the Amish community

CHRISTY JOHNSON Published:

The Easter season is one filled with sober reflection and joyous celebration for the Amish Community.

The season begins on Good Friday, the day that Christ was crucified with a fast in the morning.

Amish community members believe in fasting for sober holidays because it reflects the sacred day, said Atlee Miller of the Berlin Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center.

From Saturday until Monday, family and friends visit each other and socialize.

The days are usually capped off with a big meal, but it is not as big of a feast as Christmas or Thanksgiving, Miller said.

One of the only foods that is almost always served at the dinner table for Easter is eggs, because they mean rebirth, he said.

Easter Sunday itself is the biggest day that families and friends get together, Miller said. In some of the sectors of the Amish community they have a church service, but not all because church services alternate weekends.

There are about 250 Amish church districts in the area, with about 20-25 members in each of those districts, Miller said.

After talking and celebrating with family and friends, the Amish children sometimes go around singing songs to the elderly members of the community as well, Miller said.

More so now than in the past, Amish children also like to color and hide eggs, Miller said.

"The children really like to do that, especially now," Miller said. "It is something that they look forward to each year."

Christy Johnson can be reached at 330-287-1624 or cjohnson@the-daily-record.com.

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