Easter is banned

During the English Civil Wars, Parliament banned many public celebrations and festivals, including Christmas.  In 1647, the celebrating of Easter was also prohibited.

Forasmuch as the Feasts of the Nativity of Christ, Easter, and Whitsuntide, and other Festivals commonly called Holy-dayes, have beene heretofore superstitiously used and observed, Bee it Ordained by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the said Feasts of the Nativity of Christ, Easter, and Whitsuntide, and all other Festivall dayes, commonly called Holy-dayes, be no longer observed as Festivals or Holy-dayes within this Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales… And to the end that there may be a convenient time allotted to Schollers, Apprentices, and other Servants for their Recreation, be it Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That all Schollers, Apprentices, and other Servants shall with the leave and approbation of their Masters respectively first had and obtained, have such convenient reasonable Recreation and Relaxation from their constant and ordinary Labours on every second Tuesday in the Month throughout the year, as formerly they have used to have on such aforesaid Festivals, commonly called Holy-days. And that Masters of all Schollers, Apprentices and Servants shall grant unto them respectively such time for their Recreations on the aforesaid second Tuesdays in every Month, as they may conveniently spare from their extraordinary and necessary Services and Occasions. And it is further Ordained by the said Lords and Commons, that if any difference shall arise between Master and Servant concerning the Liberty hereby granted, the next Justice of the Peace shall have power to order and reconcile the same.

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