By Gabe Sturges
Though the month’s gloomy weather has certainly put a damper on any springtime festivities, Easter has once again come and passed. Though Easter’s heritage is fundamentally religious in nature, for some, the holiday has become secularized, firmly rooting itself into American popular culture.
For the over two billion Christians worldwide, Easter is one of the year’s most holy days. According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is now celebrated on Easter Sunday, also marking the end of the 40-day period of Lent, a time characterized by fasting and prayer. For many, Easter is celebrated with the attendance of a church service, followed by a large dinner.
As with so many religious holidays, Easter has taken on decidedly more light-hearted tones, now often represented by the Easter bunny and his cadre of pastel colored eggs.Easter coincides with the ancient pagan spring harvest festivals and was seen as a novel way to introduce new religious thought. During the harvest festivals, rabbits were characterized with fertility, and the image has continued on through the centuries.
Whether one attends church or prefers a more secular approach, an obvious highlight of the day is the gathering of family members for a large dinner.
“Easter is a holiday to celebrate Jesus and his life. It is a time for family to get together, and have a good time whether it is in church, at home or around the dinner table. Easter dinners are always the best!” said Ackeem Hill ‘13.
Assistant Director of Residential Life Molly MacElroy concurs. For her, Easter is “a time to get together with family—I grew up Catholic so there is some religious value for me. It reminds me of going to church with my grandparents and getting all dressed up. As I get older, it gives me a chance to get together with family, something that doesn’t happen too often now.”