Easter celebrations held across the state

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Many of Sunday’s Easter festivities are starting to wrap up across the state, including celebrations with family and friends.

A sunrise service on Easter Sunday is tradition for many people.

“We’ve lived in many parts of the country and I’ve tried to take advantage of Easter sunrise service whenever I can,” said Angela Saiza-Starling, Virginia.

One of the services held in Connecticut Sunday was at East Rock summit in New Haven.

“We’ve been here in sleet, in snow and wind and in fog. Some mornings we wondered who would be joining us,” said Maria LaSala, Co-Pastor, First Presbyterian Church.

Sunday morning the weather conditions were perfect for the large crowd that gathered.

The first sunrise service in the US was in 1773. A chance for people to witness the morning’s first light. It marks the morning that Mary went to the tomb of Jesus, only to realize he was no longer there.

“The stone had been rolled away and they looked in and the body of Jesus was gone. He had risen from death and we continue to gather and celebrate God’s power over death, His power over evil and injustice and hurt,” said Bill Goettler, Co-Pastor, First Presbyterian Church.

“I think after the long cold and hard winter we had this year, people were ready to flock to the mountain to welcome this new day,” said LaSala.

The sunrise service wasn’t the only way people spent their Easter Sunday morning. There’s also something known as Easter eggs.  And there were quite a few of them at the Easter egg hunt in Wallinford, held at the Good News Christian church.

“It’s 23,000 Easter eggs so it’s probably one of the largest in the state right now,” said Eddy Cordero, Organizer, Egg Your City 2014.

Kids had to make their way through all the way to find the thousand of eggs, all of which were filled with candy.

“You’re talking about 100 plus volunteers that volunteer to get all this stuff together with hay and eggs,” said Cordero.

When all was said and done, it was a success for both the kids and the adults.

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