With Easter, I’ve found that there is a similar logical conundrum as with Christmas. Both are considered “religious” holidays, yet nowadays, they’ve both been excessively commercialized, to the point that all spiritual meaning has been lost. This makes me ask a particular question: what are we actually celebrating?
To answer this question, I need to contrast the original Catholic meaning with the secularized version of Easter.
FYI: I am aware that parts of Easter were taken from various Pagan traditions, but this post is not about the Pagan version of events.
In Catholicism, Easter is the greatest feast in the calendar. On Good Friday, Christians celebrate the death of Jesus on the cross. Here’s on oft quoted bible verse that explains away the basic premise.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16 (later to be found in baseball venues)
It comes after 40 days of Lent, traditionally a period of fasting and praying similar to when Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights in the desert avoiding temptation from Satan. Easter Sunday is meant to be a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, and it also represents a fulfillment of Christian faith. The part that represents fulfillment of the faith is based on another bible verse, this one uttered by St. Paul.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
– Corinthians 15:17
With that said, what does today’s secular version of Easter have to do with Jesus?
The secularized version of Easter sees the mass marketing of hot-crossed buns, Easter eggs, and of course, the Easter bunny. In this regard, Easter is typically tailored as a “children’s holiday”, what with the Easter egg hunts et al. But one must ask, what does all that have to do with Jesus?
Well, let’s see. Are Easter eggs in the bible? No! Eggs were a pre-Christian symbol of fertility. Is the Easter Bunny in the bible? Of course not! The Easter Bunny as we know it today was invented in 16th Century Germany, and brought to America by Dutch settlers in the 18th Century.
On to the point. Are we celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus? Probably not. Why? As society became more secular, popular religious holidays were slowly being transformed by monolithic corporations who wanted to make money out of what was Catholic tradition. As a result, the Easter Bunny became the
corporate prostitute mascot for Easter, just like what Santa is for Christmas.
Think about it. nobody owns the rights to the Easter Bunny, which means any company can use it for whatever they want.
Ladies and gentlemen, I think I’ve resolved this one. We’re not celebrating the original Catholic version of Easter. Instead, we’re celebrating the artificial Easter that the corporations have fashioned for us. Do I think that’s alright? No. Why? Because it means that sleazy corporations have exploited religious tradition to make money. That’s just plain wrong! If I was God, could you imagine how angry I’d be?
On an unrelated note, I’d like to make an announcement. From this point, I want to take a break. As in, I will not be releasing any new posts until April 15th. The Spring holidays have started, and I want to have fun. Don’t worry, I’ll be back, and hopefully with more ideas for what to talk interesting topics to write about. Until then, goodbye for now.