Happy Easter Monday and Patriots’ Day

Today is Easter Monday which is celebrated in several countries but not much in America. It’s a holiday in Australia and in many other countries, they have church services on this day. The Eastern Orthodox Church calls this Monday “bright Monday”- I love that. In the Republic of Ireland, this day is a day of commemoration for those who died in the Easter Rising which began on Easter Monday in 1916. Do any of you celebrate Easter Monday? If so, what are the traditions you observe?

logo_Annual_Patriots_Day_Weekend_CelebrationIt is also Patriots’ Day- not to be confused with Patriot Day (which marks the Sept 11th tragedies). This Patriots’ Day is celebrated in Massachusetts by the running of the Boston Marathon. It’s a day of commemoration for the battles of Lexington and Concord. It’s celebrated on the third Monday of April in Massachusetts and Maine. For some reason which is unknown to me, the state of Wisconsin also observes this day and the state of Florida also celebrates the day even though it’s not an official holiday.

The actual battles were on April 19, 1775 and were the first battles of the Revolutionary War. In the two towns of Lexington and Concord, there are reenactments of the battles. They also recreate the horseback rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes (with police escorts), calling out warnings.

I love that so much of history is commemorated this week. It just seems right that we remember the ones who’ve gone before us as we celebrate the love of God for us sinners, doesn’t it?

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19 responses to “Happy Easter Monday and Patriots’ Day

  1. Oooh, a Friday Fact on Monday. I love it! And I had not heard of Easter Monday (where have I been?) so I appreciate the update. I did know about why the Boston Marathon is this time of year. It would be a fun place to be for these commemorative battles and rides. Have you ever gone?

  2. Thanks for the facts, love them. And, I didn’t know about Easter Monday either. A few years ago we took a historical tour and got to see some of the battlefields.

    • You’re welcome for the facts. I love trivia and little known facts, as I am sure you can tell. LOL – I also love to tour battlefields. I am always amazed at how peaceful they seem- especially Gettysburg. You would think it wouldn’t have such peace there with all the bloodshed.

  3. We used to have Easter Monday off from school, but since everyone goes even on Good Friday anymore,I guess that is lost. I unintentionally find myself celebrating.I stopped to buy a few groceries and kitty litter and walked out with half-price Cadbury Mini-Eggs…and I have the evening to myself.
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter.We finally had beautiful weather.

  4. Valerie J. Patterson

    Easter Monday was more of a holiday when I was a kid than t seems to be now. It’s still marked on the calendar, but that’s it, it seems. Speaking of the Marathon, what about the idiot that left backpacks along the route as a “joke”. He’s facing 20 years in prison. Wonder if he finds it funny now? 😛

    • Valerie- I will never understand people who think such jokes are funny and I guess he found out that it wasn’t as amusing as he thought. Dumb. Throwing away his life.

      I’ve seen Easter Monday on the calendar for years and wondered if it was still celebrated.

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      • Valerie J. Patterson

        The thing that confounds me is WHY he thought that was funny. I mean there were lives lost and he thought this would be a well-received hoax? SMH. Threw away his life indeed!

      • I totally agree. Not funny and anyone who would think so has something seriously wrong with them.

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  5. Easter Monday is a public holiday here in the UK, but as far as I know there are no real traditions attached to it…apart from polishing off the Easter eggs 🙂

  6. I’m with you there, Tricia – II’ll have the chocolate bunny, love to nibble the ears! The Easter Monday holiday stems from way back in medieval times (I am led to believe) when it was called Black Monday as it was considered a day of bad luck – certainly bad luck if you’ve scoffed all the choccy eggs already 😦 English government turned it into an official bank holiday in 1871.

    It’s always surprised me that the tradition of having a decorated Christmas tree in the house came via Germany to England yet the tradition we have there of Easter egg trees hasn’t followed, although I did notice on FB this past week a few people having Easter trees indoors this year.

  7. Kit- You’re right about it being a Black Monday if all the chocolate was gone. LOL – I love that. I’m glad you guys get it as a bank holiday. A lot of places here take off on Good Friday.

    We do Easter trees here in the US as well. Not everyone but a lot of folks do. – JIllian

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