It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 6, Book 14

One of my little grandsons meets the Easter Bunny!

Yes, we are all different. Different customs, different foods, different mannerisms, different languages, but not so different that we cannot get along with one another. If we will disagree without being disagreeable. 

J. Martin Kohe

Day 16 of 50:. Learn how other cultures celebrate Easter. Try out some of their customs and foods.

Easter is a season for feasting, adding something positive to your life. So, if you gave up chocolate for Lent, in Eastertide you might intentionally eat chocolate, enjoying the goodness of life and remembering that joy of the life to come. 

I read one article that said that in parts of Northwestern Europe large bonfires, called Easter Fires, are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. While there are various explanations for the origin of the Easter Fires, the most common Saxon tale is that Easter is a time when spring becomes victorious over winter and the fires were to chase the darkness of winter away. Today, however, the meaning of the fires is simply to bring communities together. I can remember, years ago in the springtime when I was a young girl, seeing my grandfather clear out places on his farm land by setting fires.   They would burn away the old dead weeds and such and then new life could grow.  

In the United States, Easter is associated with bunnies, egg hunts, and chocolate candies, not to mention a resplendent Easter brunch. But around the globe, the weekend between Good Friday and Easter Monday is observed in a number of ways, with different festivities, customs, and traditional dishes

In Sweden, Easter is celebrated with meals of eggs, herring, and Jansson's Temptation which is  potato, onion and pickled sardines baked in cream casserole.  To my knowledge I’ve never eaten herring although I do remember seeing my dad with a tasty treat of pickled herring straight from the tin.  

Countries around the world serve sweet cakes in the same vein, such as Czechbabobka and Polish baba. The Greeks and Portugese serve round, flat loaves marked with a cross and decorated with Easter eggs. Syrian and Jordanian Christians have honey pastries.

And last but not least, in my books anyway...Pretzels were first shaped to indicate the torso of a person with arms folded, praying. They are a traditional Easter food for many

Today I’m thankful for:

1643. for all the teachers in my life 
1644. for the opportunity to learn something new every day
1645. for books that teach us more than we could ever experience ourselves

Remember there are many paths to the top of the mountain. 
We each find our own way, and no single path is the only right one


linda m said...

Thank you for telling us about other cultures Easter traditions. It was very interesting reading. Blessings


Your grandson is precious. Looks too cute for words with the Easter Bunny.

betty said...

Cute picture of your grandsom with the Easter bunny! Another good idea to learn about how other cultures celebrate Easter and then incorporate a custom or two into our own celebrations. I remember growing up going to the church on the Saturday before Easter with an Easter basket full of food that would be eaten on Easter morning (samplings of all offered) which would be blessed by the priest. Not sure why the custom, but we are Polish.