NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP For Christians, the forty days of Lent are almost up: Easter is Sunday. 22News found out how people planned on celebrating the day, even if they’re not going to Church.
Easter is the holiest day of the year for Christians. Their belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead is the very heart of Christian religions.
Churches are busier than they are on Sundays in ordinary time. “Always packed and I think too with students being away, they’re home too so that’s understandable,” Debbie Delaney of Hadley told 22News.
For the Delaneys, Church is the one tradition that never changes about Easter.
“We’ve decided to do something different. For the last 20 years, between my mother-in-law’s house and our house, we’ve had Easter with the family. This year we’re going to the fort in Springfield,” said David Delaney of Hadley.
Easter has also become more than a religious holiday. For those who are not devout Christians, it’s become a day to celebrate friends and family. For many of them, Easter tradition involves a big family brunch. That means lots of business for restaurants and hotels like Hotel Northampton.
“We have been taking names for a wait list for about a week now. We are fully committed at this point but we do accept walk-ins at our cafe bar,” Courtney Caldwell, Manager of the restaurant at Hotel Northampton, told 22News.
For the Farrells, Easter means traveling from New Jersey to visit their 2-year-old granddaughter, Aoife Farrell and her family in Southampton.
“We’re not going to get to Church this Easter, but we try to come for holidays, or my son and his family come to visit us for holidays so we do try to see each other,” said Cathy Farrell.
For little Aoife, it’s a day of wonder, starting with a visit from the Easter Bunny, “Uh, eggs, and bunny!”
Whether it’s all about celebrating Christ’s resurrection, family, or both, Easter is a day rich in tradition.