Where to visit the Easter bunny and get your Passover Seder on
This weekend welcomes two holidays. There will be Easter eggs and candy for some, seders and matzo for others, as Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jews begin their eight-day observance of Passover at sundown Friday.
This weekend welcomes two holidays.
There will be Easter eggs and candy for some, seders and matzo for others, as Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jews begin their eight-day observance of Passover at sundown Friday.
If you're celebrating Easter, here are a few places where you can hop on down the bunny trail. Let the great egg hunt begin!
Stenton Easter Egg Hunt. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Search for eggs and chocolates at the colonial home of William Penn's secretary James Logan. Dye some eggs yourself, and find out how natural dyes are made from plant and animal products. There will be games and crafts.
12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday. What would Easter be without a chance to show off your finery? Dress your best and head on down to South Street. Elaborately mustachioed jeweler and party guy extraordinaire Henri David again leads Philly's Easter Parade from Passyunk and South Streets to Second Street Plaza. Everybody will be there: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail, the Easter Bunny, the Philadelphia Freedom Band, and, of course, there will be contests for best-dressed children and adults and best Easter bonnet.
St. Matthew Passion. 8 p.m. Saturday. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in Johann Sebastian Bach's magnificent "St. Matthew Passion," a work that was first performed on Good Friday in 1727.
The seder, the ritual Passover meal that celebrates the exodus from Egypt, is commonly observed in homes, but there are community seders, too.
Community seders offer Jews the chance to share in Judaism's most widely observed holiday, according to Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia. "Not everybody has a family or a family nearby or a family that celebrates Passover," she said. "It's a chance to be with other Jews. The sense of being alone can be so exaggerated" for those who can't participate in the joys of the holiday.
Registration is already closed for most community seders, but a couple are still open:
Chabad Lubavitch of Chester County. First seder at 7 p.m. Friday. 946 N. Valley Forge Rd., Devon. Admission: $45 adult, $25 children, but no one will be turned away for lack of money. Reservations required. Call before Saturday to find a place for second seder.
Zahav, 237 St. James Place in Society Hill, offers a Passover menu Friday night with a fixed price of $54 per person.