This is completely off topic, but I think it’s important.
In a country with religious freedom, there is a difference between religious holidays (even those celebrated by a majority of people) and national holidays (applicable to all citizens).
Easter is a religious holiday, and thanks to Frume Sarah for the reminder: Apparent Obfuscation.
Some people do not celebrate (and are not interested in) religious holidays; remember (and respect) that when greeting strangers (or acquaintances whose religious affiliation you don’t know) this weekend.
Thanks so much for this public service announcement.
I am a devout Jew. I take religion very seriously. It troubles me how easily our society strips away the religiosity of inherently religious Holy days.
Christmas = Christ’s Mass
Easter = related to the Hebrew ‘pesach,’ meaning ‘paschal.’
While both of these Holy days find their origins in pagen culture, they were reappropriated by the Church and are the two most significant days on the liturgical calendar. I regard them as being very important to my Christian friends.
However, they have no meaning for me.
You’re right, Sarah, and you’re welcome. We wrote the post because of what we saw on your site.
I never thought about it in the way you mentioned. I always think of it as if those wishing everyone a happy insert religious holiday are merely assuming “since I celebrate it, everyone does.” While that might be the case, it also dilutes the religious aspect of the day by attempting to make the religious holiday, something that should be a great importance, into a more generic holiday.