This past weekend, Indiana State University saw many of its students visiting home. Thursday and Friday classes were a bit smaller, and many people were itching to see their family, especially since there was no official spring break due to COVID precautions. Easter started as a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he was crucified on the cross. Easter is actually the end of a 40-day journey for Christians known as Lent. This involves sacrifice such as fasting and abstaining from meat on certain days, a little like what Muslims do for Ramadan (which is coming up soon!). Despite its religious origins, Easter has come to be a holiday that is widely celebrated across the United States.
Many of us remember the Easter traditions: Dyeing hard-boiled eggs, scrounging around the backyard or park for those eggs, receiving baskets filled with candy and shiny plastic grass, and getting together with extended family. For me, Easter also brings thoughts of pastel colors, getting dressed up in a fancy outfit just to get it dirty playing in the grass, and…strange people in creepy bunny costumes.
Now that childhood has come and gone, this past weekend looked a little different for ISU students, especially with the current pandemic. When I went home, I hung out with my sisters, went to mass, and searched the house for Easter baskets, and meet (safely) with extended family. My boyfriend’s family used to dye eggs and hide them for an egg hunt, but now they have toned the holiday down to baskets of candy and hanging around the house with each other all day. For a decent number of people I have spoken with, Easter isn’t something that their family puts on the calendar. They might occasionally have dinner with their family, but there isn’t a need to celebrate Easter like the capitalist market tells us we should. Other people see the spring holiday as the day before all the candy goes on sale (I was definitely one of those people stockpiling at Walmart on Monday). For most, Easter is a time to spend time with family and enjoy the start of spring.
No matter how you celebrated this past weekend, I hope you had a good time. Spending time with family (or friends) and getting some fresh air is always good for the soul. As is candy, in my personal, esteemed opinion. Glad to see you back, ISU!