Celebrating Easter

Easter Sunday is a religious holiday for the Christian faith. It represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and follows Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday, which celebrates Jesus Last Supper with the 12 Apostles, and Good Friday, which is the celebration of Jesus’ crucifixion. We tend to celebrate Easter as a family day, and a day for the children. We need to remember the true significance of this day.

Easter is a day to recall fond memories, and to help create new memories for ourselves and those around us. One of my fondest memories is of coloring Easter eggs. Kudos to my mother, who managed, with three children under the age of ten, to not end up with a multi-color kitchen! We used the dye kits available at the grocery store, and the little wire piece that came with them to hold the eggs. I do not remember one time that any of us ever tipped the cups of dye over. Of course, that was partially due to the fact that this was a very closely supervised activity!

Sunday morning we got up to Easter baskets from the Easter Bunny, as well as a small gift, also from the Easter Bunny! We went to church (my mother) and to Sunday school (my siblings and I). For whatever reason. Easter was an occasion when my siblings and I were gifted with updated cloths for church – of which we were very proud!

Easter Sunday dinner was a big dinner with ham and a gazillion side dishes (including deviled eggs!). It was an extended family dinner, and everyone had a wonderful time.

For those of you that celebrate Easter, I wish you a very Happy Easter! May you, and those around you, be gifted with new memories that you will cherish for a lifetime!

(c) April 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Good Friday

On Good Friday we mark the day that Jesus was crucified. As Christians, we honor the suffering that Jesus went through for us, and that he died for our sins. This is a day of reflection, a day that we look at ourselves, and our faith.

Worldwide we are experiencing the cornavirus pandemic, which includes the need for isolation. We will not be celebrating Good Friday, or Easter, in the company of other people. This year we will be experiencing an isolated holiday.

We can reach out through digital media, including phones, Face Time, Skype, e-mail, text, and You Tube. We are actually rich in resources, if we look for them.

Something that crossed my path was the concert that opera singer Andrea Bocelli is giving a free, online concert at 1 pm EDT on Easter morning over his YouTube channel (https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a32106751/how-to-watch-andrea-bocelli-easter-concert/). Accompanied by organist Emanuele Vianel, he will be singing alone at Milan’s famed Duomo di Milano. (He will literally be in the cathedral with only his accompanist, due to the continued need for isolation in Italy.)

May you all have a wonderful Good Friday, and a joyousd Easter!