Easter is a time for reflection and celebration. After a likely grueling 40 days of giving up something you love, you are finally allowed to partake in that thing again, which could put a smile on anyone’s face. PA students, however, have an extra reason to celebrate: Easter Monday. While most students have to drag themselves back to school on Monday after eating too much chocolate and finding too many eggs, the students of PA get to stay home. But why don’t most schools give Easter Monday off? Should they?
Mrs. Jendro, middle and upper school religion teacher, enjoyed her Easter Monday this year. “I had a cinnamon roll, some extra chocolate, watched a show, cuddled with my dogs, and spent some extra time in prayer,” said Jendro. She also expressed her delight in PA’s tradition, exclaiming, “I’m glad we get both Easter Friday and Monday off to celebrate and enter into Holy Week. It gives you time to go to services and relax after the business of Sunday.”
Considering her appreciation for the time off, it should come as no surprise that she’s disappointed in the fact that most students don’t get Easter Monday off. “Easter Monday gives you the opportunity to go see family. It’s such a shame that most students need to go back to school right after Easter.” Jendro does recognize the potential problem this could cause, however. It could open up the discussion about which religious holidays get time off. Jendro also expresses her concern about how most schools seem to treat religion now. “It’s odd to me that Easter Break is now called Spring Break and Christmas Break is now called Winter Break. Why do people think we just get random days off in December and April?”
Evelyn Hemler ‘21 possesses a different kind of love for Easter Monday, stating, “It’s a day off of school. How could I not enjoy it?” Similar to Mrs. Jendro, Hemler spent her Easter Monday relaxing around the house. “I stayed at home and watched Shrek. It was great,” she exclaimed. Helmer also expresses confusion about why most schools don’t get Easter Monday off, saying, “You can’t really go anywhere if you have to go back to school on Monday. It would make it hard to celebrate Easter with family, which is what most people seem to want to do.” Overall, she believes that not having Easter Monday off prohibits people from celebrating Easter the way they want.
Gage Pietrini ‘22 has very different views. “I mean, it’s a day off of school, so I don’t want to complain, but I really don’t think Easter Monday is that big of a deal.” Pietrini never does anything special for Easter Monday, admitting, “My family doesn’t really even do anything on Easter Sunday. The whole weekend just goes normally.” He doesn’t believe that other schools should give Easter Monday off, saying, “I’m happy to have the day off at Providence, most religious holidays don’t warrant days off in a public school, and I don’t think Easter should get special treatment.”
While the day itself is enjoyed differently, one thing about Easter Monday seems to be universal at PA: everyone loves having the day off. Whether you spend the weekend at home, with family, or not doing anything at all, people at PA are undoubtedly lucky to have an extra extra long weekend to begin the Easter season.