Few weeks ago, coronavirus was a novel disease spreading through the Chinese city of Wuhan. But all that has changed in the last few days. The World Health Organization has declared coronavirus to be a pandemic and life has changed for billions across the world.
In normal days, people would have been preparing for the festivities of Easter. We would be bracing for a shopping extravaganza with celebrants buying eggs, candies and decorations in bulk. Americans spent $18.1 billion on Easter and preparing to do the same this year. But it would be unwise to expect similar numbers this year.
Coronavirus has put the entire of Italy on a lockdown. It’s sweeping through Europe and the situation in the United States is not much optimistic either. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued a serious warning on Tuesday.
“We would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can't be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago. It doesn't matter if you're in a state that has no cases or one case,” Fauci said, asking all Americans to prepare. “You have to start taking seriously what you can do now that if and when the infections will come and they will come, sorry to say, sad to say, they will,” Fauci spoke during a White House briefing.
Life is Going to Change and So Will Easter
So far, cultural events like Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival along with Ultra Music Festival in Miami have been postponed. NBA has suspended its remaining season in light of the novel Coronavirus outbreak. Other big conferences and sporting events have been cancelled or suspended.
With all this happening, one cannot expect a normal Easter on the 12th of April. The celebrations will look a little different this time around.
1.No Public Celebrations
Already, Bishop Antony B. Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas has cancelled all public Masses of his Church leading to the Easter Sunday. Classifying the sacrament as a ‘non-essential gathering’, he also called off anointing of the sick for people suffering from coronavirus. This could be a sign of things to come. It doesn’t look like the coronavirus will be contained in this month and as we get close to Easter, more of planned public celebration will be either cancelled or postponed.
2.Potential Shortages at Supermarkets
Unfortunately, the lack of public gatherings won’t be the only affect coronavirus pandemic will have on Easter. The news of the outbreak has resulted in panic-buying across the United States and some other countries. With an increasing number of people going in quarantine, companies are bracing for labor shortages. Suffice to say, restocking the shelves won’t be easy and potential shortages of consumer goods can be expected. This could mean shortages of items such as candies, decoration and other material that is sold on Easter.
3. May Find Themselves Shorthanded
Economic crisis created by coronavirus could hit the working class the most. People working in low wages jobs and gig economy could face the brunt of the pandemic. Already, businesses that relate to travel, entertainment and leisure are announcing major layoffs. This could mean that many families across the country may not have much disposable income that’s needed for an event like Easter. For them, creating the best Easter baskets won’t be the biggest concern.
But Life Still Goes On
It’s in time likes these when traditions become all the more important. Traditions such as Easter form the structure and foundation of our society. They contribute to a sense of comfort and belonging, something that’s needed when humanity’s resolve is tested in a time of crisis.
So Easter must be celebrated but people should take all the necessary precautions.
- Have Fun Indoors
There has been a ban on large gatherings in different states of America. So there’s no point in going out for the festivity. Instead, look for ways to make the Easter at home as fun as possible. You can still have the egg hunt inside the house. Have egg-rolling games in the living room. Turn on your favorite tunes and bust out some moves. After all, nothing keeps your spirits high quite like a bit of dancing.
2. Get Creative With the Decorations
Easter and DIYs have a relationship that goes back years. From dying eggs to crafting baskets, most of the fun in Easter comes for creating your own decoration. Avoiding company-made items may not even be a choice on this Easter. So to make your home festive, you will need to dust off that DIY craft kit and let your imagination run wild.
3.Have a Simple Meal
Ham, chicken and lamb are traditionally featured on an Easter feast. Be it Braised Lamb Shanks, Glazed Ham or Ginger Ale-Can Chicken, the meals on this day are only second to the one served on Thanksgiving. But keeping the current environment in consideration, it would be wise to keep things simple this year. A nice plate of chicken stake along with champagne will make up for a decent Easter meal.
4. Skip the Gifts
Things will hopefully go back to normal before the holiday season. So save your gift-giving for Christmas. It’s important to be careful with your money in these uncertain times. Whether it’s crafts, egg hunts and games –there are plenty of fun activities that make gifts redundant.
5. Ignore Special Easter Clothes
Who doesn’t love Easter clothes with all their ducks and bunny prints? But those items only collect dust for the rest of the year. If you are planning to buy clothing, go for pastel color clothes and dresses that have value for the coming months. Otherwise, you are wasting money that can come in handy later.
Easter is an event that signifies hope. It has a deep religious meaning for some while others consider it more as a tradition. In both cases, this occasion is about family, community and love. And in the current circumstance, we need to hold on to these things in order to overcome the prevalent crisis. So come 12th April, celebrate Easter and all that it brings, even if the celebration is a bit different than usual.