Celebrate Easter — the whole Easter season

Coming back from Easter Break, it is tempting to think of the holiday as being over already. After all, it isn’t even officially called Easter break, but “Spring Break” so as not to “offend or leave out” those who don’t celebrate Easter. Like it or not though, Easter is the source that this period of time off originates from. Aside from that, we tend to think of holidays as being one single day, and many are. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Halloween, all of them are a single day that we spend a lot of time building up to and then promptly move on from the next day. While a bit anticlimactic to some extent, such an attitude is perfectly acceptable because these are largely secular holidays, at least in the way they are celebrated in the modern era. The Holidays of Christmas and Easter, however, are completely different. These holidays are entire seasons of the Church’s liturgical calendar, a fact that is often overlooked for the sake of secular appropriation and so we waste no time moving on the next Holiday.

Much like Christmas, Easter is preceded with a period of preparation and simplification, aka the forty days of Lent. Think about it, 40 days of giving things up for only one day of celebration seems like a terrible deal, and it kind of is. That is why God and the Church have given us a far better deal that many people, even faithful Catholics and other Christians, don’t take advantage of: a period of celebration that is even longer than the period of abstinence. For Christmas, the four weeks of Advent are rewarded with around a month and a half of the Christmas Season, a fact that is reaffirmed every week by the priest wearing white and gold, up until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. For Easter, the 40 days of Lent are rewarded by fifty days of the Easter season, once again consistently reaffirmed by the priest wearing white and gold.

This is such a good deal that you would have to be a fool to not take advantage of it. You can celebrate Easter for 50 straight days. No need to feel like you have to simply return to “normal life,” just because your break is over. Do you have something Easter-themed that you want to do and didn’t get to on Easter Sunday? You’ve got plenty of time to do it and it is still entirely appropriate. So hold off on putting away the Easter decorations. Above all though, don’t forget to spiritually revel in the fact that this holiday celebrates and marks the greatest event in human history, the moments when God allowed Himself to be destroyed so we wouldn’t have to be, and then rose from the dead just to show that death isn’t something to be feared. If that isn’t something worth celebrating for 50 days in every conceivable fashion, I don’t know what is.

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