Happy Easter weekend! Are you celebrating?
As a 20-something, agnostic who was raised Episcopalian, I never quite know what to do on Easter Sunday. Were I not 3,000 miles away from my parents, the answer would be simple: church followed by a traditional Easter dinner of roast beef and potatoes. My father made this abundantly clear in the Easter card he sent which arrived yesterday. Some of my friends get candy baskets sent to them, or perhaps a twenty to be spent on Easter brunch. Not me. I get a Hallmark card inscribed by my father, “The joy of this day is in the risen Lord“. That is a direct quote, dear readers.
Perhaps the joy of your Easter is in the risen Lord, I have no problem with that. Mine however, is not, and my father knows this. It was a strange message to receive.
What do you want, Dad? Are you trying to make me feel guilty for my acute lack of spirituality? Make me consider the cardinal sins of my NYC life? Are you trying to passive-aggressively push me into a church this Sunday?
Or, are you trying to tap into the cliché teenage rebel whose remnants still reside somewhere inside me? So that I may proclaim, “Whatever , Dad! Don’t tell me what to do! You don’t know me! I’ll do what I want!” and spend Easter Sunday doing what ever I Damn. Well. Please.
If the latter is the case, you, Daddy dearest, are a genius.
The joy in my Easter weekend is in beer, ridiculous hats, and Hindi celebrations of spring. If my father reads my blog this, no doubt, brings him fear for the eternal damnation of my soul. Sorry, Pop.
Saturday I work for one of the sponsors of NYC Craft Beer Festival. It will be a glorious day of staying just on the right side of tipsy. Remaining flirty, social, and talkative and never crossing the line into drunk. This will be the hardest part of my 11 hour work day. My boss encourages social drinking on the job. Ostensibly, I will be paid to drink beer. Yes, some of my day jobs are pretty awesome. There are still tickets available for the 2nd session! Find out more by clicking the above photo.
Easter Sunday I plan to wake up early. Not for church, not for brunch, but for the incredible spectacle of the NYC Easter Bonnet Parade. Participants go all out, I expect to see some truly incredible things fashioned on people’s heads. Stay tuned for the blog all about it! For now, view this youtube video of last year’s festivities. If you want to check it out, apparently the best place for viewing is around St. Patrick’s cathedral on 5th Avenue and 50th Street.
ARVE Error: no id set
Then Sunday March 31st from 12-6pm is NYC Bhangra’s Holi Hai. A Hindi celebration of spring, I went last year and it was So. Much. Fun. Check out the blog I wrote all about it: The Sky is Gray So color My Face! Holi Hai! NYC Bhangra has the most amazing staff an members- everyone who runs this event is amazingly friendly. Check out their website and Facebook page. It affects the whole event and makes it that much more enjoyable! The music is great, the food is authentic, and the atmosphere is unique and really special. Don’t forget colors! They’ll be everywhere and you will leave smiling and looking like spring. I guarantee it.
Have a fantastic weekend, every one! I hope I don’t come off as down on Easter. I love bunnies and flowers!
Last week, I walked past Columbus Circle and saw a huge crowd of bunnies. My first instinct was: PETA protest. But it turned out to be a promotion for UNREAL Candy. It’s the most effective promotion I’ve seen in a long time, and oh boy I’ve seen a lot! Being an actor, of course I knew several of the bunnies! They couldn’t speak, but had name tags and were all adept at miming. It was unreal!
Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Holi! Happy Weekend, Happy Spring!