SPONSORED CONTENT – The culturally-diverse DB community brings people from many religions and all walks of life together. While not everyone celebrates Easter for its Christian meaning – the resurrection of Christ – the open- minded attitude of DBers ensures Easter is an enjoyable time for all.
With an Easter egg hunt and special game zones in DB Plaza, Easter is a special time for Discovery Bay’s youngsters. And it doesn’t stop there – themed restaurant promotions and a convivial atmosphere throughout the resort ensure all residents experience a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
The Easter egg hunt on Tai Pak Wan has become a DB tradition and a favourite way to celebrate Easter for many kids. Taking place this year on April 14 and 15, the event has become famous for the sheer number of eggs hidden – this year’s hunt will see children search for 30,000 eggs – and the fact that all participants are sure to find some eggs. When children complete their hunt, they are asked to get involved in a little recycling, by returning the eggs to be reused the following year.
An age-old tradition, egg hunts are now a popular way to celebrate the holiday amongst children across the globe. In DB, kids aged three to 10 can get involved in what is the perfect family day out. There is also a fun fair at Tai Pak Wan and in DB Plaza, featuring interactive games and carnival booths.
“DB really comes into its own over Easter,” says three-year resident and mother of three Janet Meade. “My kids are all under five and they absolutely adore the egg hunting on the beach. I can’t think of anywhere else in Hong Kong where kids can enjoy such a large-scale, outdoor Easter activity, and it’s incredible that so many eggs are provided. The fair is also a real winner with my kids and I have to say, their dad really enjoys it too!”
To top it all off this year, phase one upgrade works to the playground, at the northern end of Tai Pak Wan, will be completed before the holiday, giving children the chance to explore the new facilities after the hunt.
Not everyone sees Easter as a religious holiday and it is used by many as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and take a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life.
While families tend to head overseas during the summer and over Christmas, Easter is for many a time to stay put and enjoy what DB has to offer. Both plazas are sure to be abuzz, while D’Café, The Auberge, Discovery Bay Recreation Club and Club Siena are all running special promotions.
For Amy Yung, Discovery Bay’s Islands District Council member, Easter is a time to celebrate the international nature of Discovery Bay, and it is also a time for us to show our consideration of others.
“There are people from all over the world in DB,” says Amy. “We welcome people from different religions and we respect each other. For Christians, like myself, Good Friday is very important for reflection and meditation. Special respect needs to be shown to Christians over Easter, and particularly on that day.”
Of course Easter is celebrated in myriad different ways by different people and according to Pastor James Buckner of Discovery Bay International Church (DBICC), there are no regulations in the Bible about how Easter should be marked.
“There are biblical examples of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ evry Sunday on what is often referred to as the Lord’s Day,” Pastor James explains. “For many in DB, Easter brings to a close the 40 days of Lent which may also include Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.”
While churches across DB have a host of services and events planned for the Easter holiday, celebrations at the DBICC include an outdoor service on Good Friday at DB Lookout.
“A group of families and I will hike up Golf Course Road and once settled at the overlook, we will sing songs and meditate on Gospel passages that remind us of Christ’s suffering on the cross,” Pastor James says. “Seeing the sunrise helps us remember the Son who is risen.”
As a reward for those getting up so early, hot cross buns will be provided.