Today is Easter Monday, not a Holy day, and not necessarily a holiday either. While most seem to agree that Good Friday is both a Holy- and holi-day, Easter Monday is a bit of a mishmash in terms of what’s open and what’s closed, who works and who doesn’t and what schedule public transit takes. A bit frustrating.
If you’re one who has to work on Easter Monday, you may well find yourself waiting an extra long time for your bus or subway because, although its a business-as-usual day for you, the transit people usually look upon it as a holiday. Schools and banks are closed, there’s no mail delivery, most government offices are closed, but stock exchanges are open.
Has anyone ever wished you a happy Easter Monday (prior to this post)? Can you buy Easter Monday cards? There was a time when folks played tricks on each other on Easter Monday, sort of like April Fool’s Day, which would be very appropriate this year as the two days coincide.
Have you ever heard of, or attended, an Easter Monday Blow-Out Sale? Boxing Day is a shopping bonanza for super deal seekers, but the only things I can recall being on sale on Easter Monday were the leftover, broken chocolate bunnies and eggs when I was a kid.
I’m casting my vote here and now for a clear definition of Easter Monday as a holiday for all. Close the stores and schools and government offices. Give the parking meters a day off, put the buses on a reduced schedule and, perhaps most importantly, relax. But for God’s sake let’s all get on the same page!
Mondays have been taking it on the nose for years, and even with a title, Easter Monday still doesn’t get a fair shake. Consider all those songs about rotten Mondays:
I Don’t Like Mondays – Bob Geldof (before being knighted) and his Boomtown Rats
Monday, Monday (can’t trust that day) – The Mamas and Papas
Manic Monday – The Bangles
Blue Monday (Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday Got to work like a slave all day) – Fats Domino
And did anyone ever sing “Friday I’ve got Monday on my mind”? (For Canadian readers there’s a Toronto joke in there.)
Now if I can just get in on the ground floor when it comes to those Easter Monday Greeting Cards ….