XXXVII – Easter

Here we are. It’s Easter Sunday 2019. Some are hiding colored eggs for kids to find. Others are going to church to worship and remember the resurrection of Jesus. Some are going to spend the day doing their typical Sunday sports regimen. Still other people have to work, whether they’re cops, firefighters, medical, retail, or in restaurants to feed the multitude that don’t want to cook. Regardless of the activity, everyone is celebrating Easter Sunday in their own way.

Now, I find it kind of amusing that a day that some spend in worship and remembering the coming-back-to-life of their Lord and Savior—I’m taking an impartial step back from whatever religious beliefs I may or may not have in this post—this day of Easter actually began as a pagan celebration. The use of a rabbit for this day (the “Easter Bunny”) is actually believed to stem from 16th century Germany. I guess there’s something in there to do with the spring and the fertility of rabbits meaning the shining down of good fortune. I really am not sure. I did about five minutes of research, doing a search online for the origins of Easter. If you want to look into it in-depth, go for it.

TRADITIONS?

Anyway, the tradition is for parents and kids to color hard-boiled eggs with all sorts of colors and designs, then put the eggs out for kids to hunt. There’s even the tradition in Washington to have the White House Egg Roll on the White House lawn. It started around 1870; Andrew Johnson hosted the first one. The first few were held at the Congress building, but it a huge toll over there. In 1878, Rutherford B. Hayes proposed having the event on the White House South Lawn, where it has been held since. It’s been held nearly every year since, with a few notable absences (1917-1920 for World War I and 1943-1952 for World War II and subsequent food conservation and White House construction projects). This year will have the 141st Easter Egg Roll.

AND WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE DATE?

As I’ve said there are a myriad of traditions with Easter, most of which are understandable in one way or another. One thing, though, is the most bizarre about Easter: it’s always on a Sunday, but it’s never the same date each year! Unlike Christmas (12/25) or Mother’s Day (second Sunday of May), which fall on specific days, Easter cannot easily be figured out. Know what day it falls on? Get this: it’s the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring. This year, that day happens to fall on 21 April. Next year, it’s on 04/12/20, then 04/04/21. Last year Easter fell on April Fools’ Day. Imagine the pranks that happened! Think about it: parents tells kids to find eggs that were never hidden, or making candies from chocolate Ex-Lax, and giving them to people you don’t like (you know, for shits and giggles🤣🤭). Back to the dates of Easter, it could fall anywhere between 22 March and 25 April of any given year. In 2008, Easter was on 23 March. Easter on 22 Mar won’t happen until 2285, so none of us will be around for that. However, on the late end, we won’t see Easter on 04/25 until 2038, 19 years from now. It’s a weird way to calculate the date. Why can’t someone just agree on one single date and leave it there? Trivia note: for those out there who enjoy marijuana and celebrate the 04/20 “holiday”, Easter last fell on that date in 2014, and will again in 2025. So you only have six years to wait to enjoy the dual celebration.

A QUICK WARNING

Along with the other traditions of candy and colored eggs delivered to some by a mysterious human-sized rabbit and the death/resurrection of others’ holy being, many people like to purchase Easter lilies for their significant others. From what I’ve read, orchids for corsages aren’t toxic, but please, for the love of god, if you have cats, KEEP THEM AWAY FROM LILIES! All lily plants are extremely toxic to our feline friends. Just a couple of leaves from lilies can kill poor little kitty. So, if you want an Easter lily, may I suggest, if you’re a cat owner, opting for a different plant to brighten the house. Or, if you absolutely must have an Easter lily, do your damnedest to keep kitty away from it. If you don’t, you’ll be having a feline funeral😿.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to enjoy whatever Easter activity you choose. Whether you go to church, hide Easter eggs and send your kids into a sugar-induced state of hyperactivity, have a cookout on the barbeque, go out to dinner, watch the game on TV, or any combination of those (or even if you have to work), may you have a pleasant day. With any luck, you can get discounted Easter candy on Monday the 22nd🤤. And, as always, and above all, in everything you do, be safe and be well.

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