Living where I do, I’m often the first to offer seasonal greetings.
Australia sees the dawn before most countries, with the notable exception of New Zealand. I’m hopeful, therefore, of being the first to wish you all a Happy Easter. Whether you’re a Christian or not, it’s the time of new beginnings, if Wikipedia is to be believed:
“Ostara, or Eástre, seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing…”
The name Eástre, or Eostre, has been adopted by the Christian Church to signify the celebration of the Church’s greatest event, the Resurrection. For others, a festival at this time signifies rebirth, renewal and a celebration of the return of the sun. Here in the southern tropics, it marks the change of season into the relief of cooler winter weather, as well as its religious significance for me personally (Matthew 28:6).
Whatever your beliefs, I wish you a happy, peaceful and productive day, spent the way that pleases you best.
Oh, and plenty of chocolate…