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Celebrating Easter

india Updated: Apr 07, 2012 15:53 IST

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What’s Easter
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who according to the scriptures, came back to life three days after his death on the cross. It is typically a well-attended Sunday service for Christian churches. The death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter.

Why bunny and eggs
In legend, a bunny brings baskets filled with coloured eggs, candy and toys to the homes of children on Easter. This legend is similar to the one of Santa Claus, who is also said to bring gifts to children on the night before Christmas. Traditionally, Easter eggs were dyed or painted chicken eggs. But now, they are substituted by chocolate or plastic eggs filled with confectionery items. These eggs are hidden from children, who are told that they were left for them by the Easter Bunny.

Easter goodies

Chocolatiers
Real hand-painted egg shells filled with chocolates are priced at Rs 50 each here. The bigger ones, filled with toffees and chocolates, are priced between Rs 100 to Rs 250. They also have a variety of sugar Easter eggs priced at Rs 100 each.
Where: 9, DDA Market No.4, CR Park; Tel: 9810432830

Godrej Nature’s Basket
Godrej is offering Easter eggs in various colours and flavours. Marzipan Easter eggs are priced at Rs 99 onwards. Hot cross buns are priced at Rs 23 for a piece.
Where: Available at shops all across the city
Tel: 011-41007841/2

Modern Bazaar
Here, buy Indian-made Easter eggs, as well as imported ones. Some varieties include hand-painted and chocolate Easter eggs. While the Indian eggs are priced at Rs 60-Rs 100, the imported ones are from Rs 400-Rs 1,500.
Where: 18-B, 19-A, Community Shopping Centre, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar; Tel: 011-41669777

Mama Mia
Buy chocolate bunnies, Easter eggs and Easter special cups here. The chocolate bunnies are priced between Rs 250 and Rs 450, depending upon the size. One Easter egg can be bought for Rs 50 here.
Where: 32nd Milestone,
Sec-15, NH-8, Gurgaon
Tel: 0124-4870400

The Pavilion
If a high end Easter brunch is what’s on your mind, then you should head to The Pavilion at the ITC. The menu includes traditional Easter delights such as clove studded braised ham with glazed pineapple and cinnamon topped roasted lamb roulade with red wine.
Meal for two: Rs 6,500 plus taxes
Where: ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg
When: April 8, 12.30 - 3.30 pm; Tel: 011-49422222

For kids

Furry Easter Bunny Party

Enjoy the Easter with kids at this special party where children would get to meet the character of the Easter bunny and take part in fun activities such as egg hunt, Easter egg decoration, hourly magic shoes, among others. As the fun meter rises, gorge on special Easter goodies such as Easter chocolate eggs and a free Easter menu for kids at the café.
Where: Hangout, third floor, Select City Walk, Saket
When: April 7 and 8
Timings: 11am till 9pm; Entry: Rs 1,200

Asia Kitchen
This place has a special menu that includes chicken and duck specialties such as Jiang Ya (sliced and roasted duck with mushrooms), Shanghai style duck and Chicken Chengdu. Each diner will be gifted an Easter egg to make the celebrations complete.
Where: Asia Kitchen, 15
Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar, When: April 8; Meal for two: R1,200 plus taxes, Tel: 9999025888

Amour — The patio restaurant
Try out traditional delicacies such has hot cross buns, sweet rolls, almond rolled goat cheese and orange pavlova here. When here, do try their Easter breads, some special snacks, main course and desserts that they have.
Where: Amour - The patio restaurant, cafe & bar, 30 Hauz Khas Village,
When: Till April 8;
Meal for Two: Rs 1,200;
Tel: 9654126687, 9212126687

Hinglish
If you are planning for an Easter brunch with family and friends, then you can head to this colonial café to try out their Easter brunch. The buffet includes hot cross buns, easter eggs and roast lamb gravy, served with sangrias and beer.
Meal for two: Rs 1,998 plus taxes
Where: Ground Floor, Pacific Mall, near Subhash Nagar Metro station;
When: April 8, 12pm onwards Tel: 9560004512

Seasonal Tastes
A variety of assorted breads, multi-cuisine gourmet stations, salads and cold cuts are available at the brunch here. From nut loaves, chocolate croissant to gourmet delights like Arabic desserts and Cloy Boud Chee (banana in coconut milk), the choice is plenty. You can add unlimited wine, beer or champagne for Rs 500.
When: 12noon to 4.30pm on April 8;
Price: Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500 per person;
Where: Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Gurgaon, 1, MG Road; Tel: 0124-4977832

It’s Greek to Me
When here, you can choose from fresh water million martini, green apple martini, Woo Woo and black cherry tea cocktail. Most of these cocktails are whisky and vodka based. Also on offer are refreshing soups such as Avgolemono, starters such as braised cumin lamb skewers, and, main course options such as roast turkey and grilled stuffed lamb.
Where: It’s Greek to Me, B-6/4, Safdarjung Enclave,
When: Till April 30;
Meal for Two: Rs1,200 plus taxes
Tel: 011- 41012240

Momo Café
Break your fast (Lent) this Easter with a brunch of roasted turkey, blueberry pancakes with a choice of wines and cocktails. You can also go for the Easter eggs, Jack Daniels crème bruelle and bird nests with colourful eggs. Music lovers can tap their feet to live music here. You can also join the Easter Egg Hunt contest. There’s a separate corner for kids’ activities too.
When: 12.30pm to 4pm on April 8;
Price: Rs 1,500 per person;
Where: Momo Café, Courtyard By Marriott, Sushant Lok I
Tel: 0124-488 8245