What is Easter to you? Time for family? Time for faith? Time to reflect?
As a child I found Easter uncomfortable. Not really sure where it emanated from. I haven’t got a good memory for things like that. Good Friday always felt dark & sombre. It felt like the world had stopped. I do remember one Good Friday afternoon when it suddenly went dark & thundered. I think that took me back to the scenes in ‘Ben Hur’ of Christ’s death. Unlike the film, I don’t remember the elation of Easter Day so whatever the cause, Easter & I have had a rocky relationship.
For many faiths it is the most important festival of all. It is what it is all about. For both believers & non-believers, Easter is also eggs usually of the chocolate kind. There is a lovely post by @Vicarswife which combines both these elements.
For me, Easter is sadness. My father died on April 1st in 1979. It was a great shock but of course in typical ‘British stiff upper-lip’ fashion we all made use of the date, trying to take our minds off what clearly was going to happen with quips about ‘April Fool’. Two years later, almost to the day my mother died. Again it was very sudden & a shock. I remember thinking that this time I knew how to organise a funeral. I tried to see if there was a greater message being sent to me with the timings – both going so close to each other & being close to Easter.
I’ve always found the ‘moveable feast’ bit of Easter strange. We have assigned a specific day to celebrate Christ’s birth- why not his death? (there are some interesting posts about death at ‘Sleep is for the Weak’ Writing Workshop #19) For me, the fact that the festival can occur anywhere between the end of March to mid April means Easter can go on for a long time. Sadly, with the commercialisation of it we are reminded that it is happening before the Christmas trees have been cleared from the shops!
As I age I am able to look at what nature usually gives us at the what should be the start of Springtime. So much beauty & hope but there is still that sadness.
So what is Easter to you? Is it a favourite festival or a confusion?