With the Easter long weekend fast approaching, many people are figuring out what they’re going to do to celebrate the occasion. As a religious holiday, Easter obviously has greater significance for people of faith than for the non-religious. For some, it’s a bit of a confusing holiday; Easter doesn’t have the splendour and gift-giving of Christmas, and it doesn’t occur during a time of year when people traditionally have extended time off for travel, so most celebrations have to be close to home. This doesn’t have to detract from the fun though! The good news is Easter is the sort of holiday that you can celebrate almost any way you like. Here are a few ideas for things to do if you’re stuck.
1. Family Lunch/Dinner
Easter, like Christmas and other family-oriented holidays, is often a good excuse to get the family together for a meal. Naturally, that means cooking up a feast to feed everyone, so, if your appliances aren’t up to the task, now is the perfect time to visit a manufacturer like Asko or your local whitegoods retailer. Fish is often the food of choice on the day, so keep that in mind if any particularly religious family members are coming. Gift-giving isn’t traditionally something that occurs for Easter, but it has been gaining popularity among some particularly generous families.
2. Community Events
There are always plenty of community-organised events around towns and cities during the Easter long weekend. They’re a great opportunity to get everyone out of the house and make the most of your time off. Some places put on carnivals, others stage massive Easter Egg hunts. If you don’t have a community event in your area, consider organising one. Start by speaking to your local council if you need more information on that. For religious families, there are always plenty of church services going on all weekend and they often organise activities for the congregation too.
3. Non-Denominational? No Problem!
For those who aren’t particularly religious, it’s easy to feel a bit left out. Truthfully, you can celebrate the Easter holiday any way that you want. After all, four-day weekends don’t pop up very often, so you should make the most of it. Finish a weekend project you’ve been working on by getting the whole family involved. Watch a movie or TV show together, go on a family picnic, head to the beach, or even take a small road trip if the weather’s nice. Take a bit of extra time to plan an especially tricky Easter Egg hunt around your home and leave clues for the kids to find. There are no wrong answers here. Have fun.
Getting the family together for a holiday should be its own reward, and the Easter long weekend is a perfect time to do so. It’s the perfect excuse for a mid-year catch-up and, depending on where you are, the weather could provide a pleasant backdrop to your chosen festivities. What are your favourite ways to celebrate the Easter long weekend? Share your ideas in the comments below.