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?
It 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?