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  • Writer's pictureAjmal Samuel

Celebrating Easter: Traditions and Meaning Behind the Holiday

As Easter draws near, we find ourselves extending warm wishes to our family and friends. Easter is more than just the arrival of spring; it is a holiday steeped in symbolism and tradition, a time of new beginnings and renewal for many around the world.

For us Christians, Easter holds profound significance as it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a central figure in the Christian faith. The resurrection is seen as the ultimate symbol of rebirth and new life, marking a transformative moment in religious history. Alongside its Christian roots, Easter also carries echoes of ancient pagan traditions, such as the celebration of Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess, whose symbolisms of spring and renewal continue to influence the holiday today.

One of the most iconic symbols of Easter, the Easter Egg, has its origins in pagan customs. Eggs have long been associated with fertility and the arrival of spring in many cultures, and for Christians, they serve as a metaphor for Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and his resurrection. The tradition of decorating eggs for Easter dates back centuries, with one rationale being attributed to the historical practice of abstaining from eggs during Lent, making them a special treat and symbol of celebration come Easter Sunday.

As we reflect on the meanings behind Easter traditions, we are reminded of the interconnectedness of various cultural and religious practices. This time of year also coincides with Passover, a Jewish holiday that signifies freedom from oppression and bondage, further emphasizing themes of liberation and renewal. Similarly this year also aligns with Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, prayer, and reflection. It’s a time of spiritual renewal, connection, and charity, and Muslims around the world fast from dawn until sunset, and focus on prayer, reflection, and charitable giving.

As we engage in festivities and reflection during this time, we need to reconsider our connections to our surroundings and to each other, fostering a sense of unity and renewal that go beyond borders and beliefs.

Let Easter be a time of introspection, gratitude, and celebration, where we come together to honor traditions old and new, and to embrace the spirit of rebirth and renewal in our lives and communities.

Happy Easter to all!

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