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Celebrating Easter – even in uncertain times


At RSM, we have a strong focus on inclusion. And with 11,000+ people in 87 offices nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, this sense of inclusion is important because our people come from vastly different backgrounds in terms of race, ethnic origin, belief systems and other factors.

It's in that spirit of inclusion that our InterFaith employee network group would like to invite you to join those of us who celebrate Easter as we observe the holiday this year.

Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion at Calvary c. 30 AD. It’s one of the holiest holidays of the year for Christians and many others around the world. And while the origin is deeply religious, the holiday also includes more secular activities in which many people around the world celebrate.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, those who observe the Easter holiday will be doing so very differently this year. Rather than congregating in churches for religious celebrations, gathering with extended families and friends for celebratory dinners and participating in Easter egg hunts, those who celebrate Easter 2020 will be attending church services virtually and celebrating with only immediate family members and/or those who are quarantined together, while finding other meaningful activities to mark the occasion. (You can find some great ideas for celebrating Passover and Easter in this CNN article. As the article says, necessity is truly the mother of invention.)

And what about one of the most recognizable figures associated with the Easter holiday, particularly for children, the Easter Bunny? No worries there, as he or she – along with the Tooth Fairy- has been deemed an “essential worker” during our current coronavirus pandemic (at least in New Zealand) by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, according to a recent New York Times article. 

While none of us could have imagined that this Easter would be celebrated during a global pandemic, the holiday is, indeed, being celebrated. Again, we invite you to join us as we observe the holiday – together, but apart.

Be safe.

Brian Riordan
Senior Manager and National Interfaith Employee Network Group Leader




RSM's Interfaith supports members in their faith-related activities, business initiatives and community service.