OK, so today is the first day of Lent (which is painfully obvious to me because I've chosen to give up my favourite snacks for Lent and right now, I have a really bad craving for Doritos), and it got me to thinking, once again, about WTS doctrine and the whole banning of holidays thing that they have going on.
I've read the reasons behind banning things like birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Mother's and Father's Day and national holidays like Canada Day and Independence Day, but I have yet to read anything about Lent and Easter.
So, what's the line of reasoning behind the banning of Lent and Easter?? And I don't mean Easter as in chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs and all of that, I mean Easter as a religious celebration of the resurrection of Christ. After all, JWs have the Memorial of the crucifixion, don't they?? So what's wrong with remembering the crucifixion on Good Friday and then celebrating the resurrection on Easter Sunday?? Hell, I don't know about everyone else out there, but as an Anglican, Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) is noted as the day that Christ rode into Jerusalem and everyone laid down palm branches along his path, and even Maundy Thursday, marking the time of the Last Supper, is noted. And Lent itself is done to observed to imitate Christ's withdrawal into the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights.
What makes the whole Easter season worth ignoring?? All of the above-mentioned events are Biblical, and it does commemorate a very important time for Christians, so what's the WTS reasoning behind the banning of Easter?? Any information and references on this topic would be greatly appreciated.