Photographer's Note

Before I post my last Guardian Building photo I wanted to post something for Easter.

I found this statue while looking at homes last week. It was in the backyard of a semi-abandoned home with overgrown plants and old lawn equipment strewn around it. She looked so sad, I thought, in this environment, torn and cracked as she was. And I thought even the chip below her eye was almost like a tear drop. And so it made me think of the upcoming Easter holiday.

Easter is the holiest of holy days on the Catholic calendar and also the most solemn. All moveable feasts on the Catholic calendar depend on the date of Easter. And it is even considered that Christmas is only celebrated in preparation for Easter.

Several customs have become associated with Easter in different parts of the world.

The Risus Paschalis, the insertion of humorous stories into the sermon causing laughter, begain in Bavaria in the 1400s. From the story a moral would be drawn. But it gave rise to the abuse of the word God and was prohibited by Clement X and Maximilian III.

Easter eggs are probably one of the most widespread of Easter traditions. The use of eggs was forbidden during Lent and so, on Easter, they were brought to the table colored red to symbolize the joy of the holiday. This custom most likely has its origins in Pagan holidays which used the egg to symbolize the return of spring. This idea symbolizing new life was easily adapted to the holiday.

The Easter Rabbit, another very widespread custom, is that which lays the eggs and hides them. Hence the Easter Egg Hunt. And again the rabbit is another pre-Christian symbol of fertility and life.

The Easter fire is another custom. Lit atop mountains the fire must be kindled from new fire. Originally a pagan custom representing the victory of spring over winter, it was at first banned by edicts. However, they failed to put out the flames and it was adopted into Easter as a symbol of the Resurrection.

Other customs include the blessing of food and homes. Those foods which were banned during Lent were blessed before being eaten on Easter. And on the eve of Easter homes were blessed, recalling the passing of the angel of Passover.

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