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5 fantastic things you need to know before Easter in Cincinnati

Apr 12, 2019

Spring has finally sprung, which means it is officially time to get ready for Easter!

Before the fun begins, make sure you know these five quick facts and tips for making the most out of your Easter celebrations:

  1. Whether you celebrate the holiday for religious reasons or use the day to celebrate the start of a new season, Downtown Cincinnati is prepared to party. Over-the-Rhine’s biggest egg hunt returns to Washington Park with tens of thousands of candy-filled eggs, photos with Mr. Bunny, animals to pet from Sunrock Farm, games and inflatables.

    The Egg Hunt at Washington Park starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. More details on that here.

  2. If you’re hosting an Easter party or egg hunt, you’re probably making a list of things to buy before the big day. Simplify your errands and head to Cappel’s Costumes to get everything you need for Easter extravaganza. Our Easter Eggs, Easter Bunny costumes, party supplies, and miscellaneous Easter items are sure to be an addition to your Easter traditions.

    If you’re downtown, just head to locations at 917 Race Street or 920 Elm Street. Cappel’s also has locations at 7668 Beachmont Avenue and 9525 Kenwood Road.

  3. Cincinnati does German traditions better than any city, and Easter is no different. Did you know the Easter Bunny and brightly colored eggs originated from Germany? The bunny as a symbol of Easter is first mentioned in 16th century Germany. Then in the 1800s, the first edible Easter bunnies were made from pastry and sugar in Germany, according to the German Information Center USA.

    Pennsylvania Dutch settlers brought the Easter bunny to the 1700s. Their children believed that if they behaved well, the “Oschter Haws,” or Easter Hare, would leave colored eggs in their hats. Just like in Cincinnati, Easter egg hunts remain a huge tradition in German cities today.

  4. Sugar, sugar, sugar. Easter is another reason to indulge your sweet tooth with some local baked goods or treats. Luckily, downtown and Over-the-Rhine has every sugary option you could ever need. Graeter’s Ice Cream sells everything from Chocolate Bunnies to an “Easter Deluxe Gift Pack” of ice cream pints. Other downtown options include: 3 Sweet Girls Cakery, Brown Bear Bakery, Holtman’s Donut Shop, Abby Girl Sweets, OTR Candy Bar, among others.

Just check out these maps of where to eat, shop and play in Cincinnati for more bakery and candy options.

Decorating eggs is a tradition that goes all the way back to the 13th Century. During lent, eating eggs in some cultures was forbidden because of fasting. Since they could not eat the eggs, they would often be colored and eaten on Easter Sunday. Since 1878, on the Monday after Easter, there has been an annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. The Easter Egg Roll is a tradition where children push hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn in a race-like format.
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