With spring comes two of the world's most celebrated Christian and Muslim holidays. Easter is this Sunday, April 4, and Ramadan begins on April 12 and lasts until Eid al-Fitr which is on May 21.
Celebrations typically occur with gatherings at churches, mosques and at home with family. Unfortunately, COVID-19 still has its grip on the United States. Cases of the disease are rising again in 27 states according to Columbia Broadcasting System News.
Here are some ways that Muslims and Christian students at Salisbury University can celebrate their respective holidays.
It is perfectly safe to get your apartment or dorm into the holiday spirit for Easter. Pick up an egg decorating kit and some baskets at the store to create an egg-celent table centerpiece!
Those who celebrate Ramadan can find plenty of beautiful Hilal crescent moon decorations and lights online at Etsy or Amazon to illuminate their living space.
Make sure to send a loving message to relatives in absence of the usual family gatherings. You can find online templates, or shop at Hallmark stores, for Easter and Eid al-Fitr cards. If feasible, try hosting a large virtual call so no one feels left out for Easter dinner or daily Iftar meals.
Besides Zoom, other platforms for video calls include FaceTime on Apple devices and Google Hangouts.
Another fun way to get involved with family during the Easter season is to host a virtual bunny costume contest. Have everyone find a rabbit-eared outfit of their choosing, pick some judges and host the contest over a video call!
You can also choose to bake delicious treats or meals for families and friends on the eve of Eid al-Fitr.
Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and put on a mask before delivering meals to doorsteps.
Be sure to contact local mosques and churches in your area to find out about any virtual services being held for Ramadan and/or Easter.
As vaccines continue to role out for more Americans, it is more important than ever to stay safe during spring holidays. If we all do our part, next year's Easter and Ramadan could be celebrated in more traditional ways.
By JACOB BEAVER
Featured photo by Jacob Beaver.