Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Holiday Time Again!

Yellow Flower Macro
round yellow flower
I'm going to be heading off on holidays shortly. I probably won't be posting anything here for the next 2 weeks at least. Hope you enjoy your Easter break, and feel free to browse the archives while I'm away. There are 256 posts to date - if you run out of pictures, let me know!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Golden Flower - He is Risen! (Happy Easter)

Happy Easter!
(Yellow-Gold Flower Macro)
yellow gold flower petals
Happy Easter everyone! For anyone who's have been fasting throughout Lent, Easter is a double celebration - no more penance! Well, not quite. There's still plenty of opportunity for good works, but now is the time to rejoice in the Resurrection of The Lord.

I can tell you that one of the things I'm personally looking forward to is being able to eat chocolate! Of course, everyone eats chocolate. "Easter Eggs" are perhaps the best-known symbol of Easter, at least in Western society. But have you ever wondered why? Is there a reason for eggs on easter, or is it just a chance to eat lot's of chocolate without feeling guilty?

I mentioned this last year in my Easter post. Easter Eggs are firstly a symbol of new life, which is the key message of Easter. But they are also tied closely to the traditional observance of Lent. NewAdvent.org explains:
Because the use of eggs was forbidden during Lent, they were brought to the table on Easter Day, coloured red to symbolize the Easter joy.
So there is a reason for eating eggs at easter! It's meant to symbolize both joy, and new life. When somebody points out that you're eating too many eggs this year, you'll be able to tell them exactly why. Try it - you might surprise someone with your knowledge!

But most of all, I hope you will be able to spend this Easter with your family and friends, and experience a truly joyful season, for it is a season of joy.

Happy Easter!

More information:
Easter on Wikipedia
Easter on NewAdvent

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