Easter Sunday, also known as Easter in the United States, is a spiritual celebration that has undergone many cultural changes over the course of time. It’s associated with symbols such as the Easter bunny and the egg.
This year it begins on April 21st. For Christians, it represents the death on the cross and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, who redeemed the world’s sins and offered humanity hope for a new life. Others celebrate it as spring and the abundance of the earth.
Those who follow other religions refer to this date as the Easter party. Its name originates from the Middle Ages, the times when the goddess of spring, also known as the goddess of fertility, was worshiped.
Cultural Context of the Egg and of the Rabbit
In the United States, rabbits are associated with fertility because of their rapid ability to reproduce. People also know them as emblems of prosperity and happiness.
Among many traditional stories, there is one that mentions a rabbit that stood at the foot of Jesus Christ’s tomb. Upon witnessing his resurrection, great happiness caused the rabbit to distribute eggs throughout the city. The story communicates abundance and the precious gift of life.
This day evokes devotion from adults and the vibrant emotions of children around the world. Children dream of the hunt, excited to fill their baskets with colorful easter eggs.
In modern times, gifting chocolate eggs to friends and family is a gesture that inspires a renaissance in which Christian beliefs blend with ideas sustained by ancient pagan religions.
Places to enjoy Easter Sunday in Miami
The celebration of Easter Sunday in Miami offers a variety of options that accommodate the needs of families pertaining to different religious denominations.
Convenient plans and vacation packages are available for those who want to enjoy the Holy Week and Easter season in Miami.
Zoo Miami organizes the jubilant Egg Safari, an annual activity sponsored by Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Family members hunt more than 100 thousand eco friendly Easter eggs, filled with either chocolate or sweet palm oil. Kids can take pictures with the Easter bunny, create their own games, earn prizes, and enjoy the animals’ majestic presence.
Locals and tourists who love the tropics can visit the Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne. The youngins will get the chance to hunt for Easter eggs, go on rides, enjoy indoor playgrounds, and observe a variety of rare marine species. You will also get to witness one of the most impressive Easter holiday parades in South Florida.
Annual Charity Egg Hunt
A charming little farm located south of Kendall and Cutler Bay will host the "Annual Charity Egg Hunt". A celebration where the proceeds will be allocated to meaningful social responsibility campaigns. This location offers visitors tours, pony rides, a petting zoo, and an exhilarating Easter egg hunt. Participants can bring their own snacks and purchase refreshments on site as well. Tickets cost $12 per adult and $22 per child, reservations are required.
North Shore Park
North Shore Park will host the Annual Spring Festival, also known as the “Spring Eggstravaganza”. On 4/20, you can spend a relaxing day making art, crafting decorative items, taking pictures with the huge easter bunny, enjoying seasonal treats, and cheering on your children as they compete for Easter Egg monopolies.
The Dolphin Mall will feature face painters, balloon artists, contests, egg hunts, and many other holiday activities. The Falls Shopping Center and the Miami International Mall will also offer family-friendly activities with the Easter Bunny.
Easter brings a variety of exquisite culinary options to Miami. The brunch buffet served at the East Miami Hotel in Brickell is inspired by mouth-watering Uruguayan recipes focused on delightful assortments of sushi, quinoa salads, fresh fish of the day, and traditional desserts that are only prepared during this time of the year. Drive to 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131.
The Mandarin Oriental restaurant will offer a sumptuous, diverse menu that faithfully adapts to the celebration of this holiday. Find them at 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131.
During Easter, Le Zoo will present a bistro menu that embraces St. Tropez’s coastal style. Their delicious selection includes Eggs Benedict with creamy polenta and prosciutto, the classic onion soup au gratin, entrecôte with French fries, and an assemblage of cocktails you will have to see to believe!
Processions and spiritual services
Those who seek a religious experience in Miami can visit the gathering in historic Deering Estate, the celestial Catholic Mass in Palmetto Bay, the open air ceremonies at Thalatta Estate that run til dawn, and the annual Easter Sunrise services observed on the sands of Calvary Beach, an enchanting chapel north of the city.
Processions will be celebrated throughout the city, Corpus Christi Church (3220 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127) will hold a special activity on Good Friday where hundreds of parishioners will follow The Christ of the Agony and the Virgin of the Macarena.
St. Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone number: (305) 531-1124
Mass in English: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish: 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church - 900 SW 26th Road, Miami, FL 33129
Phone number: (305) 858-2621
Mass in English: 11:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Little Flower - 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone number: (305) 446-9950
Mass in English: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Mass in Spanish: 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church - 2987 West Flagler St. Miami, FL 33135
Phone number: (305) 649-1811
Mass in English: 10:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish: 8:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.