Easter is the Sunday of Sundays, the solemnity of solemnities, the last day of the Paschal Triduum and the first of the fifty-day Sunday of celebration. We celebrate the death, burial and resurrection, the Passover, of Christ. At baptism we became sharers in Christ's passover. No matter what day we were baptized, Easter is the anniversary.
The church's heart and soul is found in Easter. It is the time of the most beloved scripture stories of creation, Noah, the Exodus, of Daniel in the lion's den, of Queen Esther saving her people, of Jonah in the belly of a fish. And, of course, at Easter the church hears the Gospel accounts of the Lord’s resurrection.
Easter is filled with songs and customs and foods that remind us of these stories. Sprinkling ourselves with Easter water can speak to us of the Israelites marching through the Red Sea from slavery to freedom.
Dyeing eggs in rainbow colors can be a celebration of the promise made to Noah and all the animals after the great flood.
Egg hunts in gardens are also an Easter week custom. At Jesus' tomb the angel had asked the women, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?" An egg hunt is a search for life. Like the holy women, we discover that life has conquered death.
The word "Easter" comes from the same root as the words "star" and "east." It means "dawn light." This word has become a wonderful way to describe the Christian Passover. In the words of Psalm 118: "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad!