The Easter Bunny still has to observe social distancing in 2021, but will be making an appearance this Saturday, March 27th at Waveny House in New Canaan.
The Easter Bunny will be outside the front entrance portico of Waveny House from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday to greet children and parents. But like so many other celebrations during the COVID-19 health crisis, the Easter Bunny can only wave to children.
All visitors must remain in their cars. Helpers assisting the Easter Bunny will come to each car with holiday treats for every child. No walk-up visitors will be permitted and the event is for New Canaan residents only.
Religious services for Palm Sunday (March 28th), Easter (April 4th), and Passover (March 27th through April 4th) in the community continue to be affected by the health situation. Many churches have offset limited in-person attendance by scheduling additional services in gyms or other auxiliary buildings. Services are also being live-streamed or available on other social media sites.
Extended families can still enjoy the Holy Week or Passover ceremonies, even if they can’t gather for big celebrations or the traditional egg hunts. Here are some ways to enjoy the holiday and the various ceremonies even if you aren’t comfortable having everyone over to your house.
Use the available technology
Even if your elderly grandparents or parents aren’t tech-savvy and are living in a nursing home or assisted living facility that isn’t allowing in-person visits, many facilities allow for video calls on Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. Call ahead to be sure you can schedule some time to say hello.
Express your gratitude
Even if your annual pilgrimage to your grandmother’s or your aunt’s has been postponed once again in 2021, why not arrange a video call before you begin your holiday meal to join in prayer, say grace, or express a few words of gratitude. It won’t be the same as the usual Easter or Passover gatherings, but given the events of the last 12 months, there might be plenty to celebrate.
Why not get dressed up?
Remember when you got dressed up for the holiday, or you picked out special clothes for your children to wear on Easter and Passover? Even if you can’t attend a church service or go to the family party, dress the part, even if it’s only for an hour or two. Make sure to snap a few pictures because we’re all going to remember what we did during the pandemic.