For Christians, Easter is celebrated to honor Jesus Christ rising from the grave after dying on the cross. On the other hand, history scholars claim that Easter is a Christian adaptation of a pagan holiday meant to honor Eostre, a goddess of fertility and spring.
Either way, Easter is such a joyous celebration and it would be hard not to get infected by the happy virus it brings.
Just as any celebration, Easter is tied with food – and traditions vary from different parts of the globe. In most cultures, Easter bread signifies “communion” and is rooted in the religious traditions of the early Christian church.
Today, Easter bread varies from traditional sweet yeast loaf or rolls (such as Hot Cross Buns) sweetened with dried fruits and spices. More recent additions include shaped breads such as “bunny buns” which give a nod to the Easter bunny.
Some like to take advantage of the fresh produce of Spring by serving colorful vegetables on Easter Sunday brunch, such as this recipes for roasted vegetables.
Easter candies and treats are also very popular during this season. Though store-brought Easter candies are ubiquitous, many prefer to make their own treats at home, such as Easter cookies and Easter-themed candy.
Whether you are religious, a lover of history, or anything in between, Easter brings a refreshing message – a promise of a new beginning.
It's time to let go of past aches and worries because it's the season to embrace a bright, coloful and sweet tomorrow. Ponder and smile on that thought as you bite on your egg and bunny-shaped treats this Sunday. Happy Easter!