Followers of Christianity are looking forward to this week, with the coming of Easter.
Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection, or Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed between late March and late April, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred on the third day after his death by crucifixion over 2,000 years ago.
Christians in our area will meet at area churches this week to celebrate the rising of Jesus in their own special, heartfelt ways.
Families will also be able to take advantage a time-honored Easter tradition when the Easter Bunny will make an appearance at Lick Creek on Saturda, April 19, 2014, during the Madison Moose Lodge’s Sharon “Shag” Burgess Memorial Easter Egg Hunt.
The hunt, which as always, is being held at the Lick Creek Park, starts at 12:30 p.m.
Dozens of area businesses and local political figures will be donating scores of prizes for lucky young egg hunters. All children and families are invited to attend.
The annual event always draws a large crowd and many children and families come to enjoy the days events.
Meanwhile in Charleston, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today invited West Virginians to attend the 2014 Easter Carnival, which will take place at the State Capitol Complex, Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Joanne and I hope you will stop by the State Capitol as we kick-off spring with the annual Easter Carnival,” Gov. Tomblin. “This year’s carnival will feature face painting, games, food, and of course an appearance by the much anticipated Easter Bunny. Before you leave for the afternoon, we hope you will stop by the Culture Center for the sixth annual A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament.”
“The Governor and I invite all West Virginians, young and old, to join us for a fun-filled celebration of the season.” First Lady Tomblin said. “We look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition and we hope that this year’s Easter carnival will the biggest one yet.”
The North Plaza of the State Capitol Complex will be transformed into an Easter Carnival complete with games, prizes, food and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Door prizes for children 12 years old and under will be awarded at noon.
Immediately following the Easter Carnival, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will host the sixth annual A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament.
For more information about the tournament, contact Rachel Moses, cultural program specialist for the Division, at 304-558-0220, ext. 127.