Easter has always been a favorite holiday of mine just as Spring is my favorite time of year. Refreshed! Fresh! Reawaken! Rebirth! Anew! Renewal! New beginnings! Hope! Feast! Joy! Rejoice! Reborn! Celebration! Family! Love! These are common words surrounding Easter. How can this single time of year invoke so many different feelings and such happiness?
The religious significance of Easter is at the heart of its celebration. In Christianity Easter represents the resurrection of Christ. What better reason to rejoice and celebrate than the rebirth of your saviour? Part of the beauty of our world lies not only in its variety of landscape and environment, but in its scope of people, culture, tradition, beliefs and religion. Even though religious beliefs may differ, rebirth and new beginnings are a common theme.
Change of Seasons is a powerful factor in human spirit and mood. Your lifetime of experiences, good and bad, has been accompanied by a consistent and predictable cycle of weather and landscape. The light of the day, as well as temperature & smell of the air are a much ignored backdrop in your life, that serves as a reminder and enrichment of memory in days and years to come. The senses and joy you felt that hot day in June when you exchanged vows will return every June, even when thoughts of your nuptials are not at the front of your mind. Likewise, the rainy gray day in October that you lost a treasured loved one will come back to you every year in the form of October’s typical rains and uniqueness of temperature as summer’s warm breeze reluctantly makes way for the cool of fall. Springtime is the most powerful change in season for many as the burdens and confinement of a bitter winter are replaced by blooming vegetation, warm sunshine, and a renewed vigor and inspiration to wake up, get busy, and live life.
The Feast. Abundant dinner and celebrating with family and loved ones is the tradition of many holidays. Whether motivated by the celebration of Jesus or general renewed spirit of mankind, people are inspired to “break bread” with their neighbors at Easter. Bread for Easter is found in abundance in many forms at every dinner table. Rolls, braided Easter bread, Easter bread rings, even biscuits & gravy and banana bread encourage us to forget we ever even heard the word “carbs” and embrace the smell, flavor and contented fullness that only bread can deliver.
Yes there is so much to love about Easter. Set your diets, worries and job stress aside for the day and focus on what’s important. Real life won’t let you wander too long. Let Easter’s spirit of renewal, hope, and starting over inspire solution to your problems, relief to your worry, and the reminder that you can return to your healthy recipes and workouts tomorrow.