CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- Eggs filled the field as children anxiously waited to find them and see what treats were inside during Child, Youth and School Services' Eggstravaganza event March 24 on Chièvres Air Base, Belgium.
The event was an opportunity for the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux and SHAPE communities to celebrate the beginning of springtime and Easter. Before the Easter egg hunt, families enjoyed different games and activities in the Community Activities Center. The Easter Bunny also made a special appearance and met families.
Unique to this event is that U.S. and NATO ID cardholders were welcomed, which meant that families from different countries were able to enjoy the festivities and learn about American traditions in celebrating Easter, such as hunting for plastic eggs and meeting the famous bunny.
"This is an opportunity for us to share the U.S. culture with the NATO community," said Natasja Sterling, CYS outreach services director.
Entela Trimani, a family member from Italy, came to the event with her children. The Trimani family has been stationed at SHAPE for four years and attends the event each year.
Easter is celebrated differently in each country. Inspired by the Eggstravaganza events, Trimani has incorporated American traditions into her family celebrations.
"Egg hunting is not a tradition in our country," she said. "Last year, it was raining heavily so my family organized an egg hunt inside the house. We are making our own traditions. It's the best part of being in an international environment."
Other celebrations were held in the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux community including Easter Egg Hunt and Kinderfest March 17 in Brunssum, and Spring Fest March 22 in Brussels.
For more information about upcoming family events in the community, visit www.benelux.armymwr.com.