For Christians the Easter festival has several religious rituals connected to the church and local community. For many though the four-day break is more about welcoming spring and chocolate. The good thing about Easter is that despite the abundance of Easter eggs, bunnies and chicks, there is no particular format for gift giving or visits. No doubt your horrid parent will have their own ideas about what you should do or bring. Experience will tell you the undercurrent of expectation and how you are doomed to get it wrong. Again. Check out our blogs on Holidays and Mother’s Day on do’s and don’ts.
This year the Jewish festival of Passover almost coincides with Easter. Like Easter it can cause family stress. It is most Jews favourite festival, but lots of work is involved. The home has a thorough spring clean. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are all changed. Special food, not just matzah (unleavened bread) is eaten, and religious families totally restock their larder.
You decide how you’d like to mark Easter, by a call, a present, a card, a visit or by passing it up completely. Think it through and perhaps talk it over with an understanding friend or partner. Work out too what the likely consequences might be and steel yourself to manage these as steadily as you can.
The eve of the eight-day festival, called Seder night, is particularly busy. Traditionally families gather together to tell the story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt where they had been slaves. Prayers are read, songs are sung, there is symbolic food to taste and a feast to eat. Tensions can arise because some family members are less interested than others.
Mothers who do much of the work, don't feel appreciated. The evening can be an exhilarating experience but risks old grievances rising to the surface, especially if there is a horrid parent.