With over 1.5 billion people world-wide asked to stay home and tens of thousands of deaths related to COVID-19, it may seem ludicrous to celebrate Easter, or anything. After all, our country is in despair with news of new deaths ever-present, as we try to get the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic under control and protect loved ones and vulnerable populations. However, that is precisely why we must celebrate Easter, milestones, and holidays. These events allow us to find some normalcy in this chaos, find comfort in doing what is within our power to do, create positive memories amid this era of trauma, and help us and the children around us feel calm and safe.
Remember when you were a child and the lights went out during a storm; your parents didn’t fret. Instead, they made the best of it with outdoor cooking, flashlights and fun so you felt calm and safe. In fact, dating back several millennia B.C. ancient civilizations celebrated despite pandemics and tragedies. Research has found that people who take the time to celebrate events and milestones tend to have more energy, better physical health, improved mental health and less anxiety. So let’s be good to ourselves and create positive memories by celebrating Easter and the holidays that follow during this time of crisis.
Here are some ways you can keep celebrating Easter and other events: