We will have plenty of time in the coming weeks to talk about the miserable state of the world (it’s getting pretty scary out there, isn’t it?) but today I want to talk about my favourite celebration, Easter.
Hot cross buns, painted eggs, bunnies; what’s not to love?
Beyond the obvious symbols of Easter, there’s this.
Easter is the perfect celebration.
It focuses on life, death, rebirth and renewal. Its name can be traced back to Ostara, the Germanic goddess of fertility. It’s tied to the vernal Equinox which is why it’s celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the 20th of March and not a fixed date. It incorporates elements from many religious traditions including the Jewish celebration of Passover.
Most importantly, it symbolizes the belief so eloquently expressed by the late Labour MP, Jo Cox: there’s more that unites us than divides us.
Let’s hold on to that thought as we face the challenges ahead.
May you have a peaceful and joyous Easter.