(Closed) Is Easter a big holiday for Americans?

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 17
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

We’ve never celebrated it, but then again we werent Christians growing up. But Fiance is a Christian and they never did anything for it either. I think Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween are bigger holidays.

Post # 18
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Its not as big for me as it is for my mom. She always enjoyed celebrating it for the kids.

Post # 19
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @sweetchiquita12:  fellow Canadian here…

For sure Easter is a bigger deal in the U S A than it is in Canada… Part of it is the fact that there is more pop, and because of that more of a Christian presence… Then you add on the commercial aspect plus that they have a much warmer climate… Guessing a good part of that stuff at Walmart was dedicated to decor.

For much of the U S the Easter Weekend is also recognized as their kick off to Spring… Lol while us folksup here are still shoveling away !!

So by comparison Easter is a much smaller event here in Canada

Hope that helps,

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Post # 20
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sure is!  Jesus is risen most importantly… then theres ham or lamb, eggs, CHOCOLATE < second most important. Laughing

Post # 21
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Kind of.  It has definitely been super commercialized but I don’t think most find it to be a big deal unless they are religious and/or have young kids.

I really couldn’t care less that Sunday is Easter.  No big deal for me.  We’re going to brunch with the in-laws but not because we’re celebrating but just because we want to take advantage of the extra awesome buffet being put on for all the Easter celebrants.

Post # 22
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Not to me.  For some people it is though.  FI’s mom wanted us to come over for it but I don’t think we’ll go because it’s a 6-7 hour drive and we’ve been out of town for most of the past 2 weeks.  I’ll probably just lounge around and watch some basketball.

Post # 23
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sweetchiquita12:  I’m an immigrant, but Easter has always been big for my family, and it is pretty big here in the US…though not as big as Thanksgiving or Christmas. In my neighborhood people don’t really decorate but I see plenty of houses in the general area with bunnies and stuff. In my family we never got into the bunny part, we celebrate the ressurection and we have also observed Passover a few times as well. I like this season for the spiritual aspects and not the commercial stuff.

Post # 24
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, for some people. There are parts that are commercialized/not religious, like Christmas (egg hunts, baskets, etc.) that non-Christians celebrate. My Future Mother-In-Law only goes to church on Easter and has a big lunch. My family gets together for lunch, as well. We will not be doing the religious thing with our kids (awful outfits, church, etc.), so it really doesn’t hold anything except some of my favorite candy.

Post # 25
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012


Curious… what is open and closed where you are ?

Here in Canada, ONLY Easter Sunday is the official holiday across the board with things closed outright (like most Retail, some Restaurants, Postal Outlets, and no Newspapers are printed)

School kiddies are off BOTH for Good Friday & Easter Monday.

Otherwise, Good Friday and Easter Monday holidays / closures are dermined by each individual Province (and in some cases like Quebec, Retail only closes on Easter Sunday… not either of the other 2 days)

Federal & Provincial Government workers tend to get one or the other of these two days off with pay, and some Buisnesses do the same for their Employees.

City Workers usually get both Good Friday & Easter Monday off (such as Garbage Collection)

Needless to say, it can all be quite confusing (more so if you live near a Provincial Border) when trying to keep straight what is and isn’t open.  Lol, more often than not we go out to do something, only to find with great surprise that a place is either Closed… or unexpectedly Open.


Post # 26
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Nona99:  Stigmata ham is soooo freaking hilarious. Thank you.

Post # 27
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mostly for the religious groups.

Post # 28
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Easter is a big deal for Catholics for sure. My wedding is the day before Easter so we r doing a brunch w the fam on Sun

Post # 29
350 posts
Helper bee

For my family it’s pretty low key. We used to dye eggs when I was younger, but it’s mostly just ham or turkey and chocolates these days. An excuse to make a fancy-ish meal and eat together but Thanksgiving and Christmas are much bigger for us. We don’t even have any decor up now. For the record, my family isn’t church-going either, which I’m sure impacts the “bigness” of the holiday for me. 

Post # 30
6117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Easter is not a holiday in my world.  I don’t do many holidays actually.


Neither of us grew up in religious households and we don’t have children, so that’s probably why we don’t even do a dinner or Easter baskets.  We also don’t live near any family, so no obligatory dinners to attend either.  But as children, we recieved Easter baskets from our parents and dyed eggs.  That’s about it.


In fact I feel funny even celebrating Christmas honestly. 




There are no days off from work due to Easter or Good Friday in the US that I know of.  In fact in Utah, most Mormons don’t recognize/know Good Friday – they call it a Catholic holiday.  Which seems odd to me because if you’re believing in te hold Christ is Risen stuff then wouldn’t the other part be kind of necessary?  A few answers I recieved were, “We don’t want to focus on the negative stuff.”


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