Family, fun, and fashion, sounds like the perfect recipe for a wonderful Easter in South Jersey. Sunday dozens of residents of New Jersey and beyond packed churches and community centers alike to celebrate this holy holiday. But, what is Easter really about? Is it a celebration of a bunny and his basket? Or is it about something else?
"Easter means spending time with family and having fun," says a local girl.
"It's a time when Jesus died came back to life and died for our sins," says a Blackwood teen.
Whatever your reason may be for celebrating this late March holiday, one word stands out when thinking about Sunday, tradition. And many at the Smithville Village, took to the shoppes Sunday to continue their own tradition.
"We like to come to Easter brunch here at Smithville, says another local girl.
Every year it's a nice day out, kids like to go in all of the shops afterwards and we make a day of it every Easter," explains a local man.
"I enjoy time with my family and shopping," a Mays landing teen proclaims.
"Every year we come down to Atlantic City as a family and we have been doing this for a couple years, and it has become a family tradition," the teen says emphatically.
"It's a family tradition of ours, every year and we're going to make sure we come every year from now on," says a Manahawkin man.
But, it's not solely about tradition, its also about spending some good old quality time with a significant other, mother, father, brother, or child.
"To spend time with my family, and to have Easter together," says a local girl.
"My dad saw an ad in the paper for the brunch and we heard it was supposed to be really good, and we like Smithville so we decided to come out and try it," she says.
In addition to family, there was also fashion as Miss Atlantic City 2012 helped resurrect the Steel Pier post Hurricane Sandy at the annual Easter Sunday fashion show.
"I judged several categories, best hat, best dressed, several different age categories and it was fun, and entertaining event, and everyone looked great," says Miss. Atlantic City.
As Easter dinner continues to digest in our stomachs, and we all prepare for the workweek one thing is for sure, this holiday was a mix of tradition, family and fun throughout South Jersey.