#CoronaImpact: Simple brunch, virtual dough, indoor egg hunt: Easter like never before

Easter It's finally here, and while the mood across the globe is solemn due to the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrations are underway, albeit in a slightly different way. Church services are gone virtual , Easter Egg Hunts moved indoors and the brunches aren’t the big fat family affairs they used to be. There’s no denying celebrations are low-key, but the Easter spirit is alive and kicking.

Karen Campos Bhatia, a city-based nutritionist, has decided to cook a simple meal at home this year. “It feels wrong to have a lavish feast at a time like this. Easter meal at my home usually comprises glazed ham, roasted chicken, devilled eggs, potato salad, prawn cocktail and Goan-style fish curry with rice. But due to the lockdown, this year we will be having a simple brunch — eggs Benedict with some bacon and hash browns. I am also planning a small Easter egg hunt for the kids to have something to look forward to, says Karen.

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Bakhita Francis, youth chief of the YWCA (Young Christian Women's Association) in Hyderabad, says she will miss attending the midnight and morning vigil. mass with her extended family, but is hoping her Easter brunch will make up for it. “I will be cooking a few nice dishes apart from biryani and pork roast, which are the traditional dishes at our home. For dessert, we have chocolate Easter eggs and a special cake called Simnel, decorated with 12 balls of marzipan to represent the 12 apostles in the Bible. Fortunately, we were able to stock up well in advance and I can’t wait to relish the meal,” she says, excitedly.

Rachel Gideons, a Delhi-based brand strategist, will attend her first virtual mass . “We usually attend the morning mass as a family every Easter , but this time, our Minister is conducting a live session. So it’s slightly unusual. Also, chicken is one of the main ingredients for our Easter feast but since it’s not so easily available this time, we decided to make mashed potatoes with stir fried vegetables and rice.”

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Those staying away from their families too are counting on the virtual platforms. Sherly Thomas, a homemaker from Bengaluru is hoping to spend the day talking to her daughter, who is stuck in Mumbai due to the lockdown. “I will be teaching her how to make appams, our traditional Easter dish, on video-call. We may not be together, but I want to make sure our traditions will continue,” she says.

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