Do Amish Celebrate Easter?

It’s common curiosity to compare our normal traditions to those of another culture, which is why we get asked this question often: Do Amish celebrate Easter? The short answer is yes, but their activities and traditions may be different than what your family is used to.

On Good Friday, you’ll find Amish families taking a day of rest. Many Amish will fast for part of the day and use the time for reflection. Saturday follows with a day full of preparation for Sunday, cleaning the house and starting meals.

On Sunday, the day begins like any other week at their church service, but a heavy message on the reason for Easter. When they return home, it’s a day of family gathering. You’ll find children hiding and hunting Easter eggs. Even though they don’t believe in the Easter bunny, they still have fun with the activity. Kids can also be found coloring boiled eggs to be eaten with dinner.

Many Amish also observe Easter Monday with another day of rest and reflection. On Tuesday, schedules will return to normal.

The 40th day from Easter is Ascension Day and you’ll find Amish taking another day of rest and even most of their businesses closed. To learn about Ascension Day, click here.

Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

Plants, like people, influence each other and some get along better together than others. The same kind of thing happens with plants in the garden with companion planting. Companion planting is when two or more crops are planted near each other with the theory that they help each other in nutrient uptake, better pest management, …

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Spring Gardening “things to do”

Spring is here and if you haven’t already begun, it’s time to get busy! The weak, diseased or damaged canes from raspberry plants should be removed before new growth starts. If you did not remove them last year, remove the old fruiting canes and shorten the remaining canes of they need it. Grapes need to …

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8 Things You Should Know About the Shipshewana Flea Market

By Anna Camburn Make the most of your visit to the Shipshewana Flea Market by reading these tips about hours, vendors, lodging and amish food! 1. Flea Market Hours The Shipshewana Flea Market is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May to September. The mid-week hours add to the uniqueness of the seasonal flea market. Can’t make it …

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