Page 4: Opinion: Easter’s more than bunny, candy

Maren Prince

Easter is a major part of spring for many people, and my family celebrated like usual on Sunday, April 4.

I have always been taught that Easter is about remembering Jesus and how He rose again after being crucified on the cross.

However, walking through stores in the weeks leading up to Easter, I noticed the excessive commercialization of Easter.

Much like Christmas, the true meaning of Easter has been lost in all the material things — egg hunts, gift baskets and bunny suits, to name a few.

Stores begin decorating as early as two or three months before holidays in order to persuade shoppers to buy related items.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the excuse to eat chocolate and dress up because of Easter. It’s always an exciting day in my house because of all the festivities.

However, I do think it’s important to remember why this was ever a holiday. It’s not because of spring rebirth, family togetherness or eating candy.

I think one of the great things about Easter is that the holiday brings people together and presents the opportunity to make new friends — in the form of community events and such.

I don’t mean to force my faith onto anyone. I’m just expressing my disappointment because I simply feel like Easter is becoming yet another consumer-driven holiday around the world.

Nevertheless, I know Easter is still a fun day and I respect how it can be significant for people in different ways.

Through it all, though, I’m always holding near to my heart the reason I celebrate Easter.