All across the world, people see Easter Sunday as the most important day of the year. It is, afterall, the most holy day in the church calendar.
This year; however, people all over will be forced to make concessions as they will be celebrating Easter Sunday under different circumstances.
Perhaps you may have to watch mass on TV, maybe you won’t be able to paint Easter eggs, or maybe your Easter feast will be slightly less decadent as you are required to work with the ingredients you have left in your home.
There is much to be sad about in this regard. If you and your loved one’s can no longer partake in your favorite Easter traditions, it’s easy to get into the mindset that Easter is not happening this year; however, Easter will go on whether or not you receive your chocolate egg.
Best stated by USA Today, “Though many celebrations have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Easter, occurring this year on April 12, doesn’t have to be one of them.”
Despite what the consumerist society we live in today may have you believe; Easter is a religious holiday. It is the day where Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, whom they believe to be the Son of God.
If this is your belief, then you must also maintain the belief that regardless of if you spend your Easter with a big celebration or a quiet one due to the times we are living in, Jesus will still rise from the dead.
For Catholics, Vatican News stated that, “Radio, television and the internet will allow the Pope to be close to those unable to participate in the liturgies of this unique Easter Triduum.”
Churches all over of many denominations are offering the ability to stream Easter mass. If your Easter will feel incomplete without being able to attend mass, virtual church is a great option!
In another way, the children who celebrate Easter as a religious day or simply a day where a bunny leaves eggs for them to find, their experience will be very different this year.
L.A Times says, “Holidays are milestones, and children need them to look forward to and enjoy. We need to make the holiday fun even if the kids are stuck at home with just their immediate family.”
In an article by CNN, they talk to people about how they are adapting to celebrating Easter this year, while still making it fun. “Some people are organizing Easter egg hunts in their neighborhoods. It sounds counterintuitive to social distancing guidelines, but it works by families hanging pictures of Easter eggs on their front doors or windows.”
It may require more work than usual but get creative with your Easter festivities this year!
We are living in tough times and must work with what we have. If you really want to, you can make Easter just as memorable as usual.