Do the Amish believe in celebrating holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.? If so, how do they celebrate it and if not, do they celebrate anything other than weddings? ~Rachel Ossoff
The Amish celebrate Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, plus some of the lesser known holidays such as Epiphany (Jan. 6) Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, and Whit Monday.
Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s birth. They will exchange gifts, have lots of good food, and fellowship.
For Easter they will have special candy. Some families will allow their younger children to dye a few eggs; mostly though it will be a day of relaxing or maybe visiting friends.
Thanksgiving is different among different communities. Some have church. Others have a day of fasting, and still others observe it much like the rest of America (minus all the football).
The rest of the holidays will usually have a morning of fasting and then the afternoons spent visiting friends and enjoying delicious meals.
They will not celebrate Halloween.