Putting My Eggs in One Basket

21 Apr

I love Easter. I use to consume the holiday Peeps until I became sick. It was quite the sugar high. My mom still makes a huge deal out of it and makes everyone in my family search for baskets and eggs. It can get pretty competitive to see who finds it first. Easter has been a holiday that dates back to biblical times. It celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death three days after his crucifixion. The date of Easter varies each year always being sometime in between March 22 and April 25 on the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after March 21.

As for the Easter Bunny, that too comes from religious history. Pre-Christianity the rabbit symbol was used in the pagan festival of Eastre, the earth goddess. The rabbit was the most fertile animals known to bring new life to spring. German ancestors brought the tradition to America believing the Easter Hare would bring colored eggs to children. Children would build baskets to be filled of eggs, chocolate, and jelly beans. Tradition of Easter lives on in Las Vegas this year with plenty of things to do for whatever reason you celebrate.

Egg-Stravanganza Weekend
Las Vegas’ own chocolate factory, Ethel M Chocolates, is bringing back its annual Easter Egg-Stravanganza. Starting on April 22 at 1 p.m. until April 24, at 5 p.m., Ethel M is inviting guests to experience its Botanical Cactus Garden and how its chocolate is made. There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, balloon artists and face painting. It is free and open to the public. If you haven’t had a chance to shop for any Easter treats, Ethel M has a retail shop full of goodies to purchase.

Hop and Shop
The Easter Bunny is going to be one busy animal hopping from event to event. He is scheduled to Mix 94.1FM’s Fourth Annual Hop & Shop Easter Egg Hunt and Family Carnival at Town Square, April 23 from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Hop & Shop event benefits Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Brio will be having a pancake breakfast starting at 9 a.m. Children can participate in the Easter egg hunt with each egg having a prize. If you’re older than 10, you can have fun with caricature artists and rock climbing. It may be even entice to get your face painted.

The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever
This Easter event is for adults only and being held at Tao Beach April 23 with hosts Laura Croft and Angel Porrino from Holly’s World. It’s a great way to celebrate Easter without the sound of screaming kids, although screaming drunks could be just as bad. Tao Beach will be giving out more than $5,000 in cash and prizes through random drawings, a prize wheel and eggs hidden in cabanas and daybeds. I have a feeling the Easter Bunny may be making an appearance to see all the girls in bikinis.

The Village’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
MonteLago’s casino may be closed, but that doesn’t mean guests can’t try their luck at the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The eggs will be filled with candy and prizes for kids. The Easter Bunny is rumored to appear along with other activities for guests. There will be a DJ spinning some tunes, perhaps the Easter Bunny can show guest how to do the Bunny Hop. The event is free and open to the public.

Simon’s Brunch and Egg Hunt
I am saving my personal favorite for last. I have heard rave reviews of Simon’s Easter Brunch from my friends and have been eager to try it out. Unfortunately I’m stuck in prior obligations so I have to find a way to sneak out. Simon’s Easter brunch buffet begins at 9 a.m. as well as the Easter egg hunt. The menu will feature spiral ham, rack of lamb, green bean casserole, hot crossed buns, chocolate croissant pudding and Peeps (one tear from me). The buffet is priced $49 for adults and $29 for children. It will be served until 4 p.m.

There are also many religious events going on for Easter Sunday. You can find more event information in the Las Vegas Sun. Have a Happy Easter Las Vegas!

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