Easter in Korea

No chocolate bunny, no jelly beans, no marshmallow cream eggs, or even candy in plastic eggs. No decorations to be found and no one running around wearing bunny ears. We could hardly tell there was even a holiday coming up.

The Koreans celebrate Easter in a way that probably all people should celebrate it. There is very little commercialism, but much meaning. For those who are not Christian, the day just passes as any other day. There are no days off from work or federal holidays. But for those who are Christians the Easter season is a time to remember what Christ did. People actually intentionally avoid celebrations or festivities on Good Friday. Instead they remember Jesus dying on the Cross. Then on Sunday they celebrate the Resurrection with friends and family at church or at home.

On Sunday we made it to church and they had a really nice meal afterward. It was really nice to be able to stay and talk with people. We took the bus back to Dangjin after the dinner. When we arrived at the Dangjin bus terminal, some members from a church that one of our students attends were handing out fliers and actual eggs to people. They recognized us because we had seen them around so they gave us some. They had even written something in Korean on them which I assume was “Happy Easter” or something. It was until a few days later when I tried to use one of them that I found out they are actually hard-boiled eggs. 🙂 Good call on the church’s part for hard-boiling them so they do not break after handing them to someone.

I was craving jelly beans or a chocolate bunny or something but had no luck with the sort. So we ended up going to the grocery store and buying a bag of Hershey kisses. The Hershey bags were all different springy colors like sky blue, pink, light green, etc. The Koreans were probably wondering why Hershey changed their bags. 🙂

We were going to have an Easter egg hunt on Friday at our Kindergarten. But we found out they avoid celebrations like that on Good Friday. So we moved it to Monday. The idea seemed pretty foreign to the Koreans, so we had to explain it to them. They do not sell plastic eggs near here for putting candy in, so we ended up having to hide plastic balls from the ball pit. Rachel helped the students make an Easter basket out of paper and string last week so we filled those baskets and gave those to them at the end of the day. The students really enjoyed it! They also do not sell Easter egg dying kits so we had to try to make our own. The dying process did not quite work out as well as expected so we had them put stickers on and draw on their eggs. I’m not sure if the eggs made it home alive because we did not have anything to send them home in…..

The students had a great time and most importantly they were all able to listen to the Easter story throughout the week. I am very thankful for a chance to be able to work at a Christian school where they encourage us to share the Gospel with the students. If only they would buy us a chocolate bunny too… 🙂