Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter, Passover, and Holi 2013 in Orlando

Orlando is a culturally diverse city, and this weekend its citizens will be celebrating Easter, Passover, and Holi -- or all three! Check out some of these events to help you decide how you want to welcome Spring:

2013 Easter Events in Orlando

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Be sure to start lining up at 9:30am this Saturday, because when Winter Park's 59th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Central Park kicks off at 10:00am sharp, all hell will break loose.  Well, maybe not, but you don't want your kids to miss their chances at snatching up their share of over 10,000 eggs hidden throughout the park.  Best of all, this event is free!

If this sounds too hectic (or you want even more candy), stop by the 2013 Easter Festival hosted by the Audubon Park Covenant Church (3219 Chelsea St).  This Saturday from 10:00am to noon, come for the Easter egg hunt and door prizes and stay for the pony rides, bounce house, refreshments, games, story time and story time.  Free event!

For those looking to celebrate Easter in a slightly non-traditional fashion, Revolution Nightclub (375 S Bumby Ave) invites you to Orlando's Gayest Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday starting at 8:00pm, with drink specials and hidden surprises.


Bonus: Museum Open Houses

In recognition of Easter, two of Winter Park's popular museums will be free this weekend.  The Morse Museum of American Art will be free Friday (9:30am to 8:00pm), Saturday (9:30am to 4:00pm), and Sunday (1:00pm to 4:00pm).  The Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens are celebrating with free entry Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  

2013 Passover in Orlando

While there are no major Pesach, or Passover, events this weekend (or if we missed them, let us know!), check out some of these great restaurants serving your favorite Jewish staples:

  • Jerusalem Restaurant (2920 Vineland Rd, Kissimmee) is named after the Israli capital but serves a variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes.
  • Cohen's Deli and Butcher Shop (16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd, Clermont) is a bit of a drive, but worth it for your Jewish favorites.
  • Kosher on Wheels (5447 International Dr, Orlando) is your source for Jewish and other Middle Eastern specialties, whether delivered or catered.
  • Kosher Kats (180 S Ronald Reagan Blvd, Longwood) is an Israeli grocery store and deli north of Orlando.

2013 Holi / Phagwah Events in Orlando

This Sunday is Holi, also known as Phagwah or the Festival of Colors, an Indian festival commemorating the beginning of Spring.  From 11:00am to 7:00pm, come to the Citrus Bowl (1610 W Church St) for this free event featuring dance performances, singing, fashion shows, and plenty of food and drink vendors.


One of the reason Holi is known as the Festival of Colors is because attendees throw masses of colored powder at each other.  It's customary to wear white (think: color run), but whatever you wear, just make sure you don't mind getting colorful!


What are you celebrating this weekend and where?


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