An Easter Blessing: Johann Sebastian Bach
Bless this day the joy of life,
The revelation of the flesh,
The paradise of man and wife
Joined to share the gift of bliss.
Bless this day the pain of life,
The passion that redeems the flesh,
The love between a man and wife
Beyond all agony and bliss.
Bless this day the end of life,
The peace within the dying flesh,
The bond between a man and wife
That long outlasts their bit of bliss.
Bless this day the whole of life,
The grace of being more than flesh,
The voyage of a man and wife
Across the mystery of bliss.
∼ ‘An Easter Blessing’ poem by Johann Sebastian Bach
Easter celebrations in Goa
Goa had Portuguese rule during the Colonial times. Therefore we see more of the Portuguese way of Easter celebration in Goa. Churches are decorated cheerfully, and it gives a lasting festive impression of joy and happiness.
You find the biggest crowd gathering in Our Lady Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, the capital city of the smallest State of India.
You will find Goa to be one of the best destinations in India to celebrate Easter. Street plays, folk songs and folk dances take place widely during Easter. Mesmerizing Carnivals are an integral part and parcel of this festival. Delicious Easter cakes are baked in the household. Friends, Family, and Relatives exchange the Holy Cross and their good wishes to each other.
The main element of this day is the “Way of the Cross” ceremony in which people perform the Jesus Christ’s crucifixion; it is a sort of a march and a skit, a tribute to the Lord who gave his life for his devotees. A huge wooden cross and a photo of Lord Jesus is carried by the people in a march starting from the church moving over the streets of Goa with a mass of people and children participating.
After all the rituals and routines of the church are over families, gather around in one place for delicious home cooked meals and baked cakes for the family to relish. Colorful lanterns are launched into the air and as they drift away so does the day.
Friends and Relatives come together for delicious lunches, and dinner parties and children also enjoy the festival as the myth of the Easter Rabbit, and the stories of Easter eggs is shared among them. Easter falls on a Sunday. Therefore, all the family members have a chance to be together and celebrate togetherness as well as the rejoicing of the resurrection of Lord Jesus.