Easter, as you probably know, is one of the few Western holidays whose date changes every year. This is because the date is based on the moon. And, in fact, Eastern Christian churches, like the Greek church, celebrate the holiday one month later than Western European churches. I sent a “Happy Easter” message to a Bulgarian friend of mine and she wrote back saying, “Thank you, but Easter is in May for me!” So it’s all a little confusing, not only to Japanese people, but also to people from the U.K. and Canada like Stuart and me. All this being said, Easter Sunday fell on April 4th this year in the Protestant Church. This was in the middle of spring vacation, so we were not able to have any activities with the students on that day. (The school Easter Worship service will be held on April 17.)
However, we enjoyed decorating the English Café in preparation for the students’ arrival back at school later this week. Easter is, in many ways, a celebration of new beginnings. Spring has finally returned to the earth after a long winter. Green is everywhere, and life is blooming. In the same way, a new school year offers a beautiful chance for new beginnings. We are looking forward to the arrival of Eiwa students back in the classrooms and wish them all the best as they move up a year and start afresh once again.