Easter is also known as Pascha (Greek/Latin), and originates from Christianity- the holiday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead after the third day of his burial. For many Christians, remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that they have victory over sin. Easter always occurs in March or April, but on different dates:
- April 12th, 2020
- April 4th, 2021
- April 17th, 2022
- April 9th, 2023
- March 31st, 2024
- April 20th, 2025
This is because Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (this is when the day and night are of equal length). Easter occurs 40 days after Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting.
Will Easter be any different this year?
Easter is still being celebrated this year, but not in the usual way due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new temporary social distancing laws mean that people won’t go to Church for the Easter Vigil, meet extended family, or go to restaurants to celebrate Easter. In addition, Easter eggs or flowers won’t be given to extended family. Of course, many people will still do what they can to celebrate the holiday; talking to friends and relatives over FaceTime or giving Easter eggs to those that they’re quarantined with Celebrating Easter
Easter is commonly known as a religious holiday, but many non-religious people also celebrate. From a secular viewpoint, Easter is a time to appreciate the coming of Spring, and to celebrate new beginnings. Non-religious celebrations include things like brunches, family get-togethers, and activities like painting eggs.
Religious people often spend Easter Sunday going to Church; most Churches hold an Easter Vigil. Everyone who celebrates Easter gives each other chocolate eggs; for Christians, it’s a sign of ‘new beginnings’ and the resurrection of Christ. For non-religious people, it’s a sign of the beginning of Spring and new life.
Easter in the Florist industry
Easter arrangements and bouquets are made by almost every florist; they often
include bright, bold colours and springtime flowers such as tulips, daffodils and
narcissi. Easter is a busy time for florists; not only because of Easter, but because of the steadily approaching wedding season.