Students define spring holidays


Caroline Carlson

Senior Caroline Carlson volunteering for a shift at her church coffee shop to celebrate her Spring Holiday

Celebrating religion, spending time with family, and gift-giving has been a staple of spring. students’ celebrate traditions differently, but they all have the constant of taking time off to appreciate their blessings. During spring many Christians and other religions celebrate Easter – the crucifixion of Christ, as some conduct Passover like the Jewish. Many traditions are implemented through students and create long lasting impressions.

Considering that cultures at school are constantly changing and evolving, schools had to adapt to that and learn how to help and understand their students’ needs. Thus, spring holidays have been implemented and have been an outlet for students to gain an appreciation for family traditions. 

The Gilbert area is predominantly Christian, so celebrating Easter is routine. However, for student junior Lydia Mundt, “[her] family makes a special Jewish delicacy that we only make during Easter in honor of keeping the Jewish traditions.” Even though her religion does not typically celebrate Easter, Mundt family enjoys the time they get to spend together and the traditions they get to pass down.

For seniors Abby Burke and Caroline Carlson, their Christian beliefs are prominent during Easter. For DBCL “I am going to volunteer at my church for the first part of Easter.” Even though for DBCL going to her church and volunteering is not an unusual thing. During the spring holiday, “It is extra important to me.” 

Freshman Adam Dais, who celebrates Ramadan with his family to highlight their Muslim heritage, enjoys this spring holiday. During this holiday, Dais fasts from sunrise till ten minutes after sundown as a sympathetic effort to understand the misfortunes of the poor and needy. “During Ramadan my family likes to give  to charity. We give the money we would use for food, and give it to the needy,” said Dais. 

Many students do not even celebrate a holiday at all. They tend to see this “spring holiday” as a time to develop new memories with family and friends. “All of my friends celebrate Easter, but I don’t really, I kind of just hang out with my family and we eat good food.” 

The mental break from school and extracurriculars is important to these students, and it is not only a time to celebrate their religion but to appreciate what they have. “I just enjoy being with my family and being relieved from all of the upcoming stress,” said junior Meghan Krupski

Many schools acknowledge that students need a time during spring to respect their beliefs and family practices. “We read a lot out of the bible and really reflect on God’s power,” said Krupski.

Even though every student celebrates their spring holiday differently, it is definitely a time where students reflect and gain a stronger relationship with their parents. Whether it is Passover, Easter, or Ramadan, it is spent with the people that are loved the most keeping care and gratitude a constant during diversity.