On this beautiful spring morning, we want to wish all of our readers a joy-filled Easter, as you gather to celebrate this day dedicated to faith and also to the traditions of our forebearers.
Living here in central Connecticut, we are blessed to share those traditions cherished by families who trace their roots to Poland, Italy, Ireland, France ... wherever faith and family are honored.
For some, that will mean rising before dawn, in time to join fellow worshipers in a sunrise service. Others will dress in new Easter finery and head to church to honor the risen Christ.
Parents and grandparents will take the opportunity to pass on beliefs and customs stretching back generations.
And, of course, it will mean food - kielbasa from Martin Rosol, butter lambs purchased Saturday morning after lining up at St. Lucian’s, and then, perhaps, a ham or roasted lamb sometimes requiring a wait in line on Broad Street, to end the austerity of the Lenten season. And let’s not forget those chocolate bunnies and jelly beans for the children - both symbolic of spring and a once-a-year treat.
Besides being the most important day on the Christian calendar, Easter for all who celebrate it represents new beginnings, a chance to start fresh in the same way that flowers are poking out of the earth, pushing aside the chill of winter and growing in the warm sunlight.
Thus, it is a privilege for us to share this day with you, to look ahead to the promise of new life and to wish for each of our readers the happiest of Easters and, of course, joy and prosperity in the year ahead.