The season of spring brings the holiday of Easter. Growing up in my Catholic Christian family Easter was the greatest celebration of the year. For the 40 days of Lent we had practiced sacrifice, amped up prayer and charity in preparation for the death and resurrection of the Lord. Holy week was a time of prayer and church services, culminating in Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Christ to save humankind. On Good Friday afternoon, all businesses in our community were closed from noon to 3 p.m. in honor of the time Jesus hung on the cross.
We attended Sunday mass every week, but on Easter Sunday it had special meaning. For me, the greatest significance of Easter is the religious meaning. Easter has now become commercialized to the point that faithful Christians may not think about the religious meaning.
The spring holiday further represents newness. A tradition dating back for generations is having new clothes for Easter Sunday. My brothers and sisters always had new-to-us clothes which we were always so proud of. With eight children brand new clothes for each of us were out of the question, but we always proudly wore the clothes that we did get. Girls and women were required to have their heads covered at Mass, so my sisters and I always got a new-to-us hat for Easter. They would not have been classified as the traditional Easter bonnet, but it was part of our Easter tradition. Continue reading