Friday, April 6, 2012
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Unlike most holidays, Easter does not fall on the same day each year but it is always on a Sunday and lands either in March or April. This year Easter is this coming Sunday, April 8th. In the United States, Easter is not recognized as a federal holiday because it falls on a Sunday however most businesses and restaurants will close on Easter Sunday if they are usually open on weekends. Good Friday, which lands 2 days before Easter Sunday, is recognized as a holiday in 12 U.S. States. Most businesses and public schools are closed on Good Friday as well.
Some very popular symbols of Easter that are used in the American culture are Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny is an Easter gift-giving character that is equivalent to Santa Claus. Many people enjoy spending Easter with family and friends, while enjoying a delicious meal and watching children hunt for Easter eggs. On Easter Monday, it is tradition for the U.S. President to host an Easter egg hunt for young children on the lawn of the White House. New York City also holds an annual Easter parade on Easter Sunday.
No matter how you spend your Easter Sunday this year, just be sure to spend time with your loved ones. Enjoy the time off and make the most of this beautiful spring holiday.