Keep in mind! 15 stores will be closed on Easter Sunday, 2018

Easter weekend is something that most families enjoy as a long weekend away from school and work, but this isn't the case for everyone. 

Over the four-day weekend, many stores remain open to the public. While this is convenient for the rest of us, these stores cannot remain open without needing an employee base to continue working during that time. 

Fortunately, some big chains decided to observe the religious weekend, and employees at these 15 stores were able to enjoy Easter Sunday with their families instead, reported Inspiring Day

Many people have forgotten the true meaning of Easter, focusing more on the hunt for chocolate eggs left by an imaginary rabbit. 

But the meaning of the long weekend goes far beyond just having two days off from work and school. Easter is meant to be a religious celebration of the death and resurrection three days later of Christ. 

It is the oldest Christian holiday on the calendar, and still today is the most important church day of the year. 

Easter is preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance before culminating in Holy Week marked at the start by Ash Wednesday. After Easter, many observe a 50-day Easter Season stretching to Pentecost. 

Over the years, much like with Christmas, this religious observance has faded, and many focus only on gifts and chocolates, rather than the sacrifice the days are meant to celebrate. 

For convenience, many stores over the years have started opening their doors over Easter weekend, where just a short while ago everything shut down in honor of the religious observance. 

Now, in order to reignite that tradition and ensure as many employees as possible can enjoy the time with their families, a number of big chain stores decided to close on Easter Sunday. 

Kohl's, Dillard's, Target, JCPenny, Macy's, Best Buy, Michaels, Costco, some branches of Staples, Belk, Neiman Marcus, Sam's Club, Publix Supermarket, JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, and Tractor Supply Company Stores all closed their doors. 

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