I have struggled to write my post this morning (I almost emailed Floss to say I would not be taking part), when Floss said she intended to do 'A pause in Lent', I wanted to take part as I had enjoyed taking part in 'A pause in Advent'.
I had not realised just how difficult I would find it to write about... the posts I wrote during Advent were consciously written with no reference to religion and were more about my family's way of celebrating that time of year.
Writing about Lent with no religious connection seems more difficult and I obviously do not want to cause any offence to others..
I found this information on http://www.humanismforschools.org.uk/
The name ‘Easter’ derives from ‘Eostre’, the goddess of rebirth
after the barren winter. Almost everyone feels happier as the days grow
longer and warmer, flowers and leaves emerge, and the birds start to
reason to feel happy, and they would have enjoyed feasting on the last of
plenty more over the summer.
feasting, as in Lent followed by Easter, derive as much from the rhythms
of the seasons as they do from religious tradition.
So I suppose Lent to me means looking forward; to longer days, more time spent outdoors and to new growth (not just in our environment but in ourselves - trying new things etc)
My family celebrate Easter by enjoying a few