Easter in China
Although NPR reports there are more Christians than Communist Party members in China (because it is very hard to gain membership), the country remains mainly a secular nation. Some of my students have announced that they are Christian; one said her mother became much kinder once she became a Christian, but for most, religion does not play a part in their lives. They are, however, a moral, hard-working people who value family, friends, and nation. But Easter is not a big holiday here.
So as we have done at other holidays since we’ve been here, we invited other foreign teachers and a few students to come to our apartment for a potluck celebration. Melinda came in from Shanghai to visit too.
Ellen brought us a beautiful bouquet of 10 red roses and four lilies; we still enjoy it and the lovely scent a week later. Others brought mashed potatoes (my favorite), great fruit, yummy deviled eggs, and other great treats. Barry made a terrific spaghetti and egg salad; I put together little pizzas. We didn’t have a traditional Easter meal, but we had fun talking and eating.
Although we didn’t have an Easter egg hunt since we are much too educated and mature for that, we did boil eggs. Everyone got to color an egg with marking pens to take home. Ryan left his behind, but I think it is much too cute to eat.
We hope all of you enjoyed a Happy Easter. Love, Renee