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Easter celebration

April 3, 2016

We celebrate some different holidays here than in the U.S. The Queen’s Birthday is a national holiday here and other Commonwealth nations, though it isn’t actually celebrated on her birthday. Independence Day is July 7 for the Solomon Islands. Each of the SI provinces has its own additional provincial holiday. Fathers’ Day is celebrated in a different month than it is in the U.S., though I think Mothers’ Day is the same as in the U.S.

We get new holidays from other countries. We can celebrate both Australia Day and Anzac Day, thanks to the Australian diplomats and aid workers here. We Americans celebrate our own Thanksgiving, and the Canadians here celebrate their Thanksgiving which is in October, and Solomon Islanders don’t celebrate a Thanksgiving. My calendar does help me remember the holidays of our various countries.

A few years ago, we were at our church here in Honiara on what we presumed to be Easter Sunday. There was absolutely zero mention at church of it being Easter. We left church thinking that maybe Easter was one of the holidays celebrated on a different day. No, we just happen to attend one of the denominations here that apparently does not celebrate Easter.

This year we managed to celebrate. The day before Easter, our colleague Martha hosted an Easter egg dyeing party for the SITAG kids. Eggs here are brown, so Martha made the egg dye extra strong to compensate. On Sunday, John and the two older boys attended another church’s sunrise service with several of our friends. I’d hoped to celebrate by sleeping in, but Little G woke up like usual at 6AM despite it being both a weekend and a holiday.

The service was at the American World War II Memorial, which is on top of a hill and has a remarkable view of the harbor on one side and mountains on another.

Easter sunrise begins to illuminate the flags at the American War Memorial

The congregation watches the youth group’s Easter drama as the sunrise is reflected on the monuments

The refreshments after the church service were hot cross buns from the bakery I mentioned recently. John brought a few home for me.

For lunch, we joined our colleagues Tim & Martha Matzke and the Van Andels. Tim and Martha prepared a delicious meal of chicken, potatoes and vegetables, and lemon meringue pie.

After lunch, we had the boys put their shirts back on so we could get a family picture of everyone fully clothed and awake.

Happy post-Easter!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tammy Hodel permalink
    April 3, 2016 8:39 pm

    So special! Love the comment that you made the boys all put shirts on for a picture. 😀

  2. Aunt Donna permalink
    April 3, 2016 11:16 pm

    I enjoyed your letter about the different holidays celebrated. You continue to amaze me with all you’ve adjusted to. I love the picture of your family. The little boys grow fast!

  3. Mom H permalink
    April 4, 2016 3:04 pm

    Love the family picture!

  4. Willis & June Van Haaften permalink
    April 5, 2016 4:01 pm

    It is always special to read your newsy and interesting letters plus the pictures of your family. We enjoyed a visit with Lori’s parents and hear about their visit plus more pictures. Thanks!

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