John and mom, Easter, '73
Women's Section Dcmocrat-Simcs Sunday, April 22, 1973 Easter has multitude of meanings John Rosella gives his sister, Renee, an egg which he has found for her basket. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Rosella Jr. By LOUISE ROGERS DD-T Women's Editor Easter is. . .The Easter season has a c o n g l o m e r a t e of m e a n i n g s and traditions. To the Christian world, it is the Resurrection, the promise of eternal life, with church services to mark and remember this important day in the Christian calendar. To the children, it is Easter bunnies who bring brightly colored eggs, hidden in the grass plus chocolate eggs and bunnies in Easter baskets. It also means new Easter clothes for the little ones, which are sometimes stiff and uncomfortable. To the women, it once meant the Easter bonnet, but since hats have gone out in favor of elaborate hair-dos, it means a trip to the beauty shop, and maybe a new Easter ensemble. The Easter parade in large cities used to be a tremendous event with women vying for the title of best dressed, but with the realistic 70s, gaudy displays have become passe. To families, it means a family feast and get-together, with ham or turkey being the traditional bill of fare. It is a time for families to draw near to each other, to remember, and to look ahead. Easter is also flowers. From the pure white Easter lily rising anew each year from the same bulb, and the dazzling display of iris, roses, flowering shrubs in yards and gardens to the traditional Easter corsage sent to loved ones, Easter means flowers and springtime, a new beginning. Easter customs of other countries include the Ukranian practice of hiding decorated Easter eggs in thatched roofs and under haystacks. The hidden eggs are meant to serve as charmed p r o t e c t i o n a g a i n s t h i g h w i n d s . Beekeepers slip eggs under hives to induce a fine supply of honey. Farmers bury them in fields to reap rich harvests. In Norway, children run into their parents' bedroom to thrash them with Lenten switches. The parents respond with a gift of Shrovetide buns. Sometimes, a bun will be hung from the ceiling by a string and children with hands tied behind them, nibble at the bouncing muffin. Children in Holland celebrate Holy Thursday by caroling from door to door as they ask for Easter eggs. At Easter in Hungary, boys chase girls down village streets, throwing perfumed water at them. The girls return handpainted Easter eggs to the boys. In West Germany, oaken wheels six to eight feet across are stuffed with straw, trimmed with greenery and taken to the top of "Easter Hill." At dark, while residents gather in the valley below, the wheels are set afire and sent spinning. Each wheel that reaches the valley is a lucky sign and the villagers collect the straw ashes for charms to bring -health and good harvests until the next Easter. Austrian farmers have a ritual on horseback for Easter called Osterritt. This is believed to enrich the harvests and the farmers bring their horses to town and groom them for the ceremony. Whatever the meaning, the family custom, it is a very special day of hope, of spring and of family. Staff Photos by Louise Rogers Easter is bunnies and eggs and Easter baskets. Wanda Teresa Lawson and her brother, Sam Lawson, Jr., children of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lawson have already found the bunnies' hiding place.