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Celebrating Easter Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

Celebrating Easter Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Easter and holidays related to it — such as Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and Good Friday — are called “movable feasts.” They do not fall on fixed dates on the Gregorian calendar but follow a lunisolar calendar. The date of Easter is set for the first Sunday following the first full Moon of spring, which occurs on or shortly after the Spring Equinox.

Celebrated around the world, Easter is one of the most important holidays. But in 2020, Easter celebrations is looking very different as more than 1.5 billion people worldwide have been asked to stay home amid the Coronavirus crisis. However constrained the world is, the spring finds its way to shine all the same. People are maintaining some semblance of normalcy and sharing this holiday in creative ways.

Easter 2020 (April 12) accentuates how people are adjusting to the new order of staying home and manifesting human resilience in ingenious celebrations. Eggs, bunnies, treats, spring-like decorations are either bought online or created at home. People are meeting virtually or at a safe distance, collaborating via live streaming events: window displays of decorated eggs or arts, singing together but apart on videos, for example.

While people forego large public Easter egg hunts and face-to-face gatherings with family, they uphold the Easter spirit together, though physically apart. Let’s remember that the virus can be transmitted by people who are not showing symptoms, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Let’s fight the desire to socialize during these tying times. With imagination, with love, and luckily with the help of technology, we are in this together, and for sure, will come out of it stronger than ever.






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