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Easter bunnies waved and greeted people along the (Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

Easter bunnies waved and greeted people along the route of the 57th vintage car parade held on Franklin Avenue in Garden City. (April 8, 2012)

Celebrating Easter, Passover on LI

Long Islanders celebrate the Passover and Easter holidays in various ways. Passover, the weeklong Jewish commemoration of the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, begins with lighting the Shabbat candle and observing the Passover seder and is marked with special prayer services and festive meals. In devout households, the youngest person asks the Four Questions about what sets Passover apart from all other nights. Easter, the chief feast in the liturgical calendars of all Christian churches, is marked with various religious services to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Children delight in Easter eggs and the Easter bunny, both symbols of the feast and springtime. The two holidays coincide because the death and resurrection of Jesus were linked to the Passover feast.

Julia Noulis sports her Easter bonnet at the
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Julia Noulis sports her Easter bonnet at the 57th vintage car parade held on Franklin Avenue in Garden City. (April 8, 2012)

Gene Hilinski of Farmingdale leans against a vintage
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Gene Hilinski of Farmingdale leans against a vintage Dodge car adorned with stuffed bunnies at the 57th vintage car parade held on Franklin Avenue in Garden City. (April 8, 2012)

One of the participants in the 57th vintage
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One of the participants in the 57th vintage car parade held on Franklin Avenue waves to the crowd in Garden City. (April 8, 2012)

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A car shows some Easter spirit by displaying
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A car shows some Easter spirit by displaying a stuffed bunny on the hood during the 57th vintage car parade held on Franklin Avenue in Garden City. (April 8, 2012)

Louise Virgilio of Albertson sports an Easter bonnet
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Louise Virgilio of Albertson sports an Easter bonnet as she sits in a 1912 Ford in the 57th vintage car parade held on Franklin Avenue in Garden City. (April 8, 2012)

Easter bunnies waved and greeted people along the
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Easter bunnies waved and greeted people along the route of the 57th vintage car parade held on Franklin Avenue in Garden City. (April 8, 2012)

People head to Harborfront Park in the Village
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People head to Harborfront Park in the Village Center to enjoy a spring day while children hunted for eggs. (April 8, 2012)

Children and their families ran around Harborfront Park
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Children and their families ran around Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson looking for Easter eggs. (April 8, 2012)

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Carissa McMurray and her Maltese-poodle mix Clova walked
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Carissa McMurray and her Maltese-poodle mix Clova walked around Harborfront Park on Easter. (April 8, 2012)

Children dressed in their Easter best for the
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Children dressed in their Easter best for the Easter parade and egg hunt in Port Jefferson. (April 8, 2012)

Rev. Adrian Pratt delivers a sermon on the
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Rev. Adrian Pratt delivers a sermon on the beach at a sunrise Easter Service sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches at Jones Beach. (April 7, 2012)

Danielle Reed, of Oceanside, plays the flute on
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Danielle Reed, of Oceanside, plays the flute on the beach at a sunrise Easter Service sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y. (April 7, 2012)

The chior sings on the beach at a
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The chior sings on the beach at a sunrise Easter Service sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y. (April 7, 2012)

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Kelly Harrington, 3, sits on her father Michael's
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Kelly Harrington, 3, sits on her father Michael's sholders on the beach at a sunrise Easter Service sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y. (April 7, 2012)

Dominick Mazza of Bellmore, dressed as the Biker
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Dominick Mazza of Bellmore, dressed as the Biker Bunny, visits the pediatric ward at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola. This year was the L.I. Harley Riders' 10th annual Easter basket ride, where Mazza and other members make an annual visit to the hospital for Easter, and bring smiles to childrens' faces as they hand out candy and toys. (April 7, 2012)

Ready to hand out Easter candy and toys,
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Ready to hand out Easter candy and toys, the Biker Bunny waits with members of the L.I. Harley Riders in the lobby of the pediatric ward at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola. “It’s so much fun, they’re such a spirited group,” said Melanie Bucholtz, a pediatric specialist at the hospital. “You can see they genuinely want to be here.” (April 7, 2012)

Dominick Mazza of Bellmore, dressed as the Biker
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Dominick Mazza of Bellmore, dressed as the Biker Bunny, poses with 5-year-old Blanca Webb at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola during a visit by the L.I. Harley Riders to hand out Easter candy and toys to children in the pediatric ward. Blanca's mom is a hospital employee. (April 7, 2012)

Dominick Mazza of Bellmore, dressed as the Biker
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Dominick Mazza of Bellmore, dressed as the Biker Bunny, poses with Dhruv Kothani and Blanca Webb at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola during a visit by the L.I. Harley Riders to hand out Easter candy and toys to children in the pediatric ward. Dhruv and Blanca both have parents who work at the hospital. (April 7, 2012)

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Members of the L.I. Harley Riders parade past
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Members of the L.I. Harley Riders parade past the entrance of Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola during a visit to bring Easter candy and toys to children staying in the pediatric ward. (April 7, 2012)

Members of the L.I. Harley Riders and staffers
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Members of the L.I. Harley Riders and staffers of Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola gather to bring Easter cheer to kids staying at the hospital. (April 7, 2012)

Members of the L.I. Harley Riders wait with
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Members of the L.I. Harley Riders wait with arms full of toys in the pediatric ward of Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola. They volunteered to bring Easter toys and the East bunny to kids staying in the hospital. (April 7, 2012)

Members of the L.I. Harley Riders parade outside
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Members of the L.I. Harley Riders parade outside Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola during a visit to bring Easter cheer to kids staying at the hospital. (April 7, 2012)

Barbara Douglas-Robinson of Massapequa tries on Easter bonnets
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Barbara Douglas-Robinson of Massapequa tries on Easter bonnets at Margie's Hat & Dress Boutique in Amityville on Good Friday. (April 6, 2012)

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Gabriel Giannola, 4, shows off the eggs he
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Gabriel Giannola, 4, shows off the eggs he found at the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve Dinosaur Egg Hunt. (April 07, 2012)

MIchael Johnson, 8, looks for Easter eggs with
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MIchael Johnson, 8, looks for Easter eggs with his brothers at the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve Dinosaur Egg Hunt. (April 07, 2012)

Marco Johnson, 4, opens an Easter egg he
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Marco Johnson, 4, opens an Easter egg he found at the Garvies Museum and Preserve Dinosaur Egg Hunt in Glen Cove. (April 07, 2012)

Kids created their own dinosaur crafts at the
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Kids created their own dinosaur crafts at the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve Dinosaur Egg Hunt. (April 07, 2012)

Dominick Fresco, 5, and Shefali Mahapatro, 6, learn
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Dominick Fresco, 5, and Shefali Mahapatro, 6, learn about dinosaurs at the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve's Dinosaur Egg Hunt. (April 07, 2012)

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Peri Dunn, 7, finishes up her dinosaur craft
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Peri Dunn, 7, finishes up her dinosaur craft with some sand art at the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve's Dinosaur Egg Hunt. (April 07, 2012)

Michael Capuano and his daughter Brook, from Oakdale,
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Michael Capuano and his daughter Brook, from Oakdale, open their gifts at the Easter egg hunt at the Holiday Inn Express in Setauket. The annual event is held to raise awareness and funds for the Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital. (April 6, 2012)

Brooke Raber, 3, of Setauket holds her prize
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Brooke Raber, 3, of Setauket holds her prize from the Easter egg hunt at the Holiday Inn Express in Setauket. The annual event is held to raise awareness and funds for the Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital. (April 6, 2012)

Isabelle Chen, 2, from Stony Brook, says hello
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Isabelle Chen, 2, from Stony Brook, says hello to the Easter Bunny during the Easter egg hunt at the Holiday Inn Express in Setauket. The annual event is held to raise awareness and funds for the Stony Brook Children's Hospital. (April 6, 2012)

Anthony Cerulli, 4, from Stony Brook, says hello
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Anthony Cerulli, 4, from Stony Brook, says hello to the Easter Bunny during the Easter egg hunt at the Holiday Inn Express in Setauket. The annual event is held to raise awareness and funds for the Stony Brook Children's Hospital. (April 6, 2012)

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Isabelle Chen, 2, from Stony Brook, says hello
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Isabelle Chen, 2, from Stony Brook, says hello to the Easter Bunny during the Easter egg hunt at the Holiday Inn Express in Setauket. The annual event is held to raise awareness and funds for the Stony Brook Children's Hospital. (April 6, 2012)

Hundreds of children attended the second annual Easter
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Hundreds of children attended the second annual Easter egg hunt at the Holiday Inn Express in Setauket. The event is held to raise awareness and funds for the Stony Brook Children's Hospital. (April 6, 2012)

Hannah Robinson of Sound Beach marks the start
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Hannah Robinson of Sound Beach marks the start of Passover by lighting candles, as Rabbi Steven Moss looks on at B'nai Israel Reform Temple in Oakdale. (April 6, 2012)

Louis Savarese, vice president of MC Alliance Energy
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Louis Savarese, vice president of MC Alliance Energy Group in Bohemia, removes matzo, the traditional unleavened bread consumed during the Passover holiday, from a solar oven at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack on Wednesday. The JCC partnered with MC Alliance Energy Group to prepare matzo the old fashioned way with a modern twist, the solar oven. (April 4, 2012)

Nassau County police Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro, commanding
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Nassau County police Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro, commanding officer of community affairs, gathers a week's worth of kosher food for-Passover to deliver to families in need. (April 1, 2012)

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Nassau County Police Officer Shevy Berkovits, center, in
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Nassau County Police Officer Shevy Berkovits, center, in uniform, of the 4th Precinct, gathers a week's worth of kosher food forPassover in Freeport to deliver to families in need. (April 1, 2012)

Nassau County police Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro, commanding
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Nassau County police Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro, commanding officer of community affairs, delivers a week's worth of kosher-for-Passover food to Jerome Bogin, left, a cancer survivor, and his wife Eileen, who suffers from a variety of ailments. (April 1, 2012)

Jonah Bernstein, 12, of Jericho, joins members of
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Jonah Bernstein, 12, of Jericho, joins members of the Shomrim Society of Nassau County and other volunteers in Freeport in packaging, then delivering, kosher-for-Passover food for those in need on Long Island. (April 1, 2012)

Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro, commanding
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Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro, commanding officer of community affairs, gathers a week's worth of kosher-for-Passover food for families in need. (April 1, 2012)

Lt. Alan Hirsch of the Nassau County Police
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Lt. Alan Hirsch of the Nassau County Police Department, a member of the Shomrim Society, instructs volunteers in Freeport as they pack kosher-for-Passover food that will be delivered to those in need on Long Island. (April 1, 2012)

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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln
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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station on Palm Sunday. (April 1, 2012)

Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln
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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station on Palm Sunday. (April 1, 2012)

Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln
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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station on Palm Sunday. (April 1, 2012)

Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln
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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station on Palm Sunday. (April 1, 2012)

Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln
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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station on Palm Sunday. (April 1, 2012)

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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln
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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station on Palm Sunday. (April 1, 2012)

Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln
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Parishioners celebrate Mass at St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church in Huntington Station on Palm Sunday. (April 1, 2012)

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