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Easter: What Is This Celebration?

  • Augustin Martinez.

Ever since I was a child I have celebrated Easter.
As a child, I would dress in my best suit (I only had one) and accompany my well-dressed family to church. If my dad were to attend church any time during the year, it would definitely be on a holiday like Easter.
As a child, I went to church because I was told to. As I grew and began to mature, I started digging for truth. This search led me to the same questions that have haunted mankind over the centuries. Ones that include: Who am I? Why am I here? Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people, etc.?
So, this year, as I began to ponder the approach of yet another Easter, I compiled the views of many other people about this holiday. What is the meaning of Easter to you and do you celebrate it? Why or why not?
The results left me with more questions than answers. The most popular answer to my question as to the meaning of Easter was that it represented the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, for every person who stated this there was another who had a different opinion. Some pointed out that Easter was originally a pagan holiday celebrating the goddess of fertility thus having no connection to Christianity. Some declared Easter was just another commercialized excuse for peddling new clothes, candies, and holiday cards. Many others saw no religious connection and said Easter was simply a celebration to be spent with family, nothing more and nothing less. One person wrote that this holiday also signaled for them the end of winter.
There were fewer disparities in the ways people celebrate Easter day. The clear majority of respondents spend the day with family. A few go to church in remembrance of the sacrifice made by God with some viewing this annual pilgrimage to church as their way of giving back to God. Some celebrate by going to the beach. Others do not celebrate at all. And let us not forget the traditional Easter egg hunts that so many of us participated in as children.
As I finished collecting these opinions, I concluded that we have almost as many definitions for this holiday as we have people. Thus the biggest question remains: What is the true meaning of the Easter holiday? Although a few respondents answered with conviction, many did not. Is this holiday spiritual and does that even matter?
Please bear in mind that I have my own opinions. My intent is to present you with the conclusions of my research. If, in fact, there is a religious purpose behind this holiday, it is lost on our society today. But why is that? It is often repeated that the greatest proof of our religious beliefs is the manner in which we live our lives. That being said, do our religious beliefs impact the way we live? If they do not, I would recommend finding a different religion.
Perhaps there is a deeper question– one we should all reflect upon. If Easter is truly a religious holiday, perhaps we should examine its claims. After all, eternity is a long time to spend being wrong.
In the meantime, Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017