Here's a fun Cuban Easter tradition we follow:
I don't know who decided it, but it's engraved in stone. When you are appointed the high honor of being asked to be a godparent, you have 2 main jobs . One - To hold the child as they're being dunked or sprinkled or whatever the dedication ritual involves. You are agreeing to support that child and family in their desire to raise their kids in the faith. At the birth or baptism or christening of the child, we appoint godparents to support the parents in raising their children in a Godly way. Two - You agree to remember the child every Easter (not exactly sure why) with a gift basket. Okay, so really... it's someone to give your kid an Easter basket every year.
We Cubans (at least in this big, fat, Cuban family) take our Godparenting pretty seriously. And the baskets get more and more elaborate every year. I began wondering today if it was just in our family, or did other Cubans also name the godparents and their job was just to make sure the kid got a great Easter gift?
I was going to research it, but then I decided that really, I didn't care.
It's the way we've always done it.
It's the way we'll continue to do it.
Godmothers, Godchildren and Easter Baskets will continue to be part of our Great Cuban American Easter Tradition.
And we LIKE it that way.
I hope your Easter was full of surprises... =D