Performance – Celebrating to reinforce what you believe in.

Look at the theme of Easter.

It’s a holiday.  A celebration.  And it’s been around for thousands of years in one form or another and celebrated in different cultures for different reasons.

The Jewish people have Passover.  It is the most celebrated holiday in the Jewish religion remembering the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt.  It celebrates freedom from persecution.

The Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.  Interestingly, a good friend of mine pointed out to me that the Last Supper, as painted by Leonardo de Vinci, was of Jesus and his Disciples celebrating their Passover festival meal.

Then we have the Druids. They were around in Europe way before Judaism and Christianity.  The Druids celebrated the nature, birth and death, the movements of the moon and sun solstices and equinoxes.  They held festivals to punctuate the year, one of which was the March equinox when the northern hemisphere experiences the sun’s light, spring’s warmth returning and plants starting to grow again.  It was called Ostara, marking the first day of Spring.

Easter nowadays is the first Sunday after the March equinox on March 21st.

Each of these religions takes their beliefs and reinforces them with connections to past events, stories and rituals.   That way the ideas are remembered and passed on.

Nowadays, in addition to the religious connections, we see Easter bunnies, hot cross buns and chocolate

Some people are so passionate that they treat chocolate with a religious fervour. 

In my house there is a hierarchy of chocolate.

  1. White. 
  2. Milk. 
  3. Dark. 
  4. Any. 
  5. Desperate. 
  6. Yours.

I try to make sure we never get down below level 3.   

Enjoy the holiday. 

Steve

Sources:
The Ancient Pagan Origins of Easter | Ancient Origins (ancient-origins.net);
Druids | Encyclopedia.com
How To Celebrate Ostara: Spring Equinox Rituals, Traditions & Ideas (teaandrosemary.com)

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