Today is that great pagan holiday of new birth and renewal, practiced by people in the long ago hunter gathering societies.
We like to have wars over the concept and bar our designated “others” from rituals if they have not paid their dues.
This town that I live in in not heavely Christian, as the only shop that is closed is the Lithuanian cafe.
All bars and liquor stores are open for business, all dress shops and bookstores, fast foods and movie theaters doing great. The supermarkets are open 24/7 as is the large drugstore. The only blip on the horizon is that the Peeps are sold out!
I have a nice coffee house with hi fi hookup, and yesterday I joined a line of 5 other women with their Apple laptops open as we had lunch or coffee. I have lived here for 3 years and finally feel comfortable in the company of yuppies!
I do miss Easter in New York, where I would watch the crowds in line for mass at St. Patricks Cathedral, where they play an awseome organ Prelude and Toccata by Bach being one of my favorites.
The parade was mostly political in those days, with Occupy Wall Street actors in full 1890’s costume. Most paraders did not wear hats but liked to watch those with them on.
Well, we have other things now, and the upscale food stores are overflowing with the bounty of the earth, so we have enjoyed our Spring to the fullest extent.
Never mind warnings of gloom and doom, global warming, etc. Just belly up to the salad bar.