Easter celebrations may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t honor your traditions. The holiday isn’t canceled, even if your church buildings are closed or you choose to stay home. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Easter and create new traditions with your family, all while keeping animals in mind. Easter is a time for Christians to reflect on Jesus’ victory over death, so planning a vegan Easter that none of God’s creatures had to die for is a fitting way to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and share His good news.

“The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”

—Proverbs 12:10

Here are some ideas for making your at-home Easter celebrations even more special:

Fill Your Easter Baskets With Vegan Candy

There are plenty of vegan options to consider when choosing candy. You can find versions of childhood favorites—including jelly beans, crème eggs, marshmallows, and chocolate bunnies—that are made without milk, eggs, or any other animal-derived ingredients. Here are some of our favorites:

Vegan easter chocolate bunny© Instagram.com/sjaakschocolates

Trying to Stay Away From the Sweet Stuff? Try These Additions

If you don’t want to use candy or you’re just looking for other goodies to make your baskets extra-special, consider filling them with other types of vegan snacks, crafts, books, or toys. Kids will love these:

Two kids reading in forest

Create a Treasure Hunt

Take the opportunity to teach your children about the commandment “Thou shalt not steal” by using plastic or wooden eggs for your egg hunt instead of ones stolen from chickens. Plastic eggs can be stuffed with vegan candy or small animal figurines, or you can hide small stuffed animals instead.

kids opening easter eggs

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

—Matthew 5:7

Be Kind to Bunnies

Don’t buy real bunnies this Easter—instead, buy a plush toy bunny and do these fun activities:

Print Out Easter- or Animal-Themed Coloring Sheets

Use these coloring sheets to help your children learn compassion and love for all of God’s creation:

Paint Wooden or Ceramic Eggs

Most craft stores sell wooden and ceramic eggs that can be painted or decorated with markers and stickers. Get creative!

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Make and Enjoy a Vegan Brunch or Dinner as a Family

As you’re enjoying your meal together, reflect on the meaning of the Easter season. Choose vegan ham, vegan eggs, nondairy cheese, and other animal-friendly foods to make a special meal that your whole family will love. Here are some recipes you may want to add to your menu:

Delicious Deviled ‘Eggs’

Deviled potatoes for Easter

Seitan Ham (Sham)

Cinnamon Peach Skillet Rolls with Peach Glaze

Peach cinnamon rolls for EasterAnnie Shannon | Meet the Shannons

Vegan French Toast

Vegan french toast

Denver Omelets

Vegan Smoky Ham and Cheese Biscuits

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Christians are called to be merciful stewards of God’s creation. To do that, we can’t ignore the suffering that animals endure on farms. Pigs spend their entire lives in filthy, cramped cages; hens are forced to keep laying eggs beyond their bodies’ natural capacity; and mother cows are separated from their babies. As Christians, we are called to stand against such abuse. Going vegan is the best way to do that:

Pledge to Go Vegan