Apr 13, 2022 8:00 AM

Author: University of Utah Health Communications

How to celebrate Easter or Passover in quarantine style.

Springtime brings some special holidays, with colorful festivities, family gatherings, and messages of peace. However, COVID-19 may cause concern for some people. While it’s important to respect people's boundaries, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holidays with others. With a little bit of creativity, you can find ways to fill your holiday with the same excitement and joy as every other year.

Prepare traditional foods

Whether your family celebrates with matzah, egg salad, or scalloped potatoes, food is often a central part of holiday festivities. And it’s a tradition that you can easily participate in from your home! Look up recipes for your favorite holiday foods and spend some quality time in the kitchen with your family. If you’re not in the mood to cook a big meal, you can even order from a local restaurant. If you're not eating together, you can swap meals or eat together virtually.

Look back on photos and memories from past years

You can connect with loved ones who aren't physically present with you by reminiscing on your favorite holiday traditions. Ask family members to share a holiday photo or story in a group chat and enjoy reading everyone’s responses!

Meditate or pray

Meditation and prayer can be a great way to calm your nerves, reduce stress and anxiety, and find peace. No matter your beliefs, you can spend some time reflecting on things you’re grateful for, or simply take some deep breaths and observe what you’re feeling physically or emotionally.

Enjoy the outdoors

Being outside is a great way to safely gather with others. You can enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures by going on a walk around the neighborhood or organizing a picnic with loved ones. 

Participate in an online worship service

Many local churches offer livestreams of their services so you can take part without ever leaving your home. See if your congregation has any special Easter or Passover events online, or check out a service from another faith to learn how they celebrate.

Enjoy some music

Nothing lifts the spirits like music. Create a playlist of music centered around Easter or Passover (or even just songs that make you smile!) and play it around your house while you go about your day.

Make festive crafts out of household items

A quick online search brings back hundreds of results for fun, simple crafts you can make with items you already have lying around the house. Use craft paint and balloons to make colorful “Easter eggs,” design a personalized afikomen bag out of felt, or turn cut-up egg cartons and colored paper into cute baby chicks.

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