Event Date: April, 3 2016
Holy Humor Sunday, April 3, 2016
What is Holy Humor Sunday?
It is based on the idea that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.
How do we celebrate it?
By taking our faith seriously and ourselves not so seriously. By wearing bright colors, funny hats, and comical/crazy ties to worship! By singing joyous songs. By telling funny jokes. (Please bring your jokes to church!)
Is Pastor Suzanne making this up?
No! According to the Joyful Christian newsletter: The custom is rooted in the writings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom). It is based on the idea that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. “Risus paschalis – the Easter laugh,” the early theologians called it.
For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Churchgoers and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang, and danced.
And now many American churches are resurrecting the old Easter custom. Holy Humor Sunday celebrations have become popular among churches of all traditions.