Not Out With the Old

Readers share their favorite Easter tradition

By Marymil M. Cabrera

Easter Sunday celebrates new life with a nostalgic nod to childhood memories, from attending a mass together with the whole family and joining Easter activities, to witnessing “Sugat,” an annual reenactment of the Biblical account of the Virgin Mary’s meeting with the resurrected Jesus Christ, as early as 4 a.m. Readers reminisce how they celebrate this special day since their good old days.

Raphiel Shannon, 19

Recording Artist/YouTube Cover Artist

“My favorite Easter tradition is hunting for Easter eggs when I was younger. It may sound simple, but there was always something about the search, the determination required and the utter satisfaction of finding them that made me so happy as a child. It was like my introduction to the world of perseverance.”

Lyssa Diaz-Ota, 28

Blogger/Makeup Artist

“Easter is one of my most awaited events of the year. My favorite tradition is ‘Sugat.’ It is a Cebuano term which means the reunion of Christ and his Mother, the Virgin Mary, after the Resurrection. I used to wear angel costumes and sang for this joyous occasion when I was a child. And now that I’m a mom, I do hope my son will have a chance to experience the same.”

Danielle Ozaraga, 22

Artist
GMA Artist Center

“My favorite part of Easter is spending quality time with my family just like Christmas. First thing we do is watch or I usually get invited by our church to offer a song for the ‘Sugat’ or ‘Salubong’ and after that we attend the Easter Vigil. Simply celebrating it at the beach or gathering the whole family for a sumptuous meal is what we usually do every year.”

Joepeth Anthony C. Uy, 25

Law Student

“For some, Easter is a time to unwind, sort of like a mini holiday. But for me, Easter is a day of celebration since it is the day that our Lord Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. Easter is simply one of my favorite days since this is one of the events that our family is together. Lent somehow brings us all together – it’s an unspoken tradition in our family and the celebration I look forward to every year. If I were to choose my favorite Easter tradition, its probably ‘Sugat.’”

Christian Añasco, 22

Sales Development Associate
Appstone

“I do not know if this is a tradition for other families but my favorite thing during Easter is definitely eating binignit. Most Catholics practice abstaining from meat and guilty pleasures as an act of penance. To somehow look forward to this staple and comfort food may already be considered as an abstinence malpractice but it is just root crops and fruits, therefore, I am good.”

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