By Annette Amondi
For Christians worldwide, Easter Holidays are always marked with joy and celebrations hosted in homes or communities.
The 2020 Easter Holidays will, however, have to be celebrated differently thanks to the novel Covid-19 that has sent us all to our rooms.
COVID-19 is the biggest global event and challenge of our lifetimes. As such, it has changed human attitudes and behaviors and our cultures as we know them.
The disease currently has 1,608,015 reported cases in the world and has claimed a total of 95,837 lives. In Kenya alone, COVID-19 has affected 184 people and claimed Seven lives.
This year, Easter services will be spent on couches in the living rooms across the world. A number of clergy have been forced to conduct services in empty Churches and for the first time, Christians all over the world are attending a virtual Church.
For employees who long for the holidays to spend some time away from the office and party hard, this year does not serve that special feeling mainly because everyone is staying home to curb the spread of COVID-19.
For the Christians who must set foot in a Church to feel the spiritual presence, the virtual church just does not work.
I, for sure, know that my mother is not happy this Easter Weekend, why? For the first time in years, she will not be able to attend the Easter service to sing her lungs out.
See, my mother is a choir member and there is nothing this African woman enjoys more than an opportunity to sing her heart out. Will the virtual, couch, Church stop her from singing? I think not.
It is unfortunate that this year things have to play out differently from our norms but it is all in the fight against COVID-19 and trust me, the world will heal again.
In line with various government directives, this year there will be no social gatherings, No Keshas and definitely no parte after parte but again I say, it is all for our good.
COVID-19 has permanently changed how human beings will interact and behave. Think about it, how often did you wash your hands pre-COVID? How about now? Will you stop post-COVID?
Imagine being able to attend Church, Weddings, Parties and even being able to mingle freely with others, what mindset will you have?
It is no doubt that the disease has taught us a huge lesson, the biggest being, life can go on a standstill in a second regardless of your social status. If you are yet to grasp that fact, you are the problem that needs solving.
Stay safe, pray and when all this is done, adjust your thinking just a little bit.
Remember to WASH your hands, avoid touching your face, avoid social gatherings. STAY HOME and if that is not an option, maintain a safe social distance of about 1.5 meters.
Wear a mask whenever you are out in public, these little pieces of fabric that were once only associated with hospitals are a life-saver. While wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick. Viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus.
Stay safe,Wash your hands, Wear a mask and Happy Easter