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How the military observes Easter depends a great deal on where the observations are being held; while it is tempting to think of the Easter holiday as a primarily western tradition, celebrations during this time have been observed by Christian, Jewish, Pagan, and many other belief systems.
Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
How Does The Military Celebrate Easter?
Christmas and Thanksgiving are important holidays for military people due to the implications of family and friends gathering to celebrate with or without their military loved ones present.
Easter presents the same kind of awareness of the sacrifices made by those in uniform and their families, but this particular holiday isn’t celebrated as long or with the same degree of intensity in military communities; that’s not to say Easter isn’t taken as seriously, but observations of this holiday tend to be more “base-level” and held among individual communities.
Some examples of base-level Easter events include Morale Welfare And Recreation (MWR) activities like Easter Egg hunts, fun runs and fitness challenges, concerts, and services conducted by the base Chaplain or Chaplain’s Office. Some events are arranged along denominational lines, others may be interfaith gatherings that welcome all comers.
Those who observe Easter at forward deployed locations often do it in the context of their deployment; the holiday is used to remember both the traditional meaning of the holiday and loved ones back home.
There are many ways to observe the Easter holiday-you’ll find military communities participating in many of the following traditions:
Easter egg painting
Easter egg hunts
Church services including “passion plays” and reenactments of religious stories
Sports events, Easter fundraisers, and charity drives
Base-level events including interfaith gatherings, worship services, etc.
Annual charity events