In the Christian world, these are the highest of holy days! And the culmination is tomorrow, Easter Sunday!
I'm stunned to report that my billionaire employers have already laid out attire for tomorrow's church services -- which did not happen last year, or the year before!
But from time to time they do make an appearance in church. (More strategic, socially speaking, than religious, I suspect.)
I've never been quite clear on what Easter Eggs have to do with all this (and don't really want to know), but I can tell you one thing for sure -- tomorrow the relentless requirements of Lent are over! And we can all get back to business! Ha!
I don't know about you, but I'm absolutely worn out by this forty-six days of abstinence and fasting. (Not to mention the guilt for falling off the wagon now and then!)
But I think we're all faced with this kind of struggle, in most religions around the world, aren't we?
Our Muslim friends have Ramadan and other holy days to contend with. In Judaism, there's fasting requirements every time you turn around, right?
The Buddha seemingly suggested fasting on the full moon, while Hindus prefer the New Moon days.
And curiously, Protestant religions have no specified days for fasting at all. What's that all about? Maybe fasting is one of the things they're "protesting"! Ha!
In any case, we're all more-or-less in the same boat, no matter what religion. But tomorrow, in the Catholic faith, Lent is finally and finally over!
And I for one won't miss it at all!
To distance myself from being pagan in any way, let me close tonight, on the eve of Easter Sunday, with Andrea Bocelli's version of Schubert's "Ave Maria", sung in the pagan Colosseum of Rome, (It's been reclaimed and sanctified by the Vatican, you know, many years ago.)
Here's the amazing YouTube link!
And to my readers all 'round the world, no matter what religion or culture, God bless us all tonight.