Daniluz is a Senior at Minnetonka High School. She is actively involved at Saint Joan of Arc as a peer minister and as a member of sister parish.
To say the least, preparing for Easter was kind of a wild ride. There is this need to adapt to the new “normal,” but also amidst this confusion, there is the reality that life still goes on and Easter this year was a reminder of that.
One of my favorite traditions that my family does is the 12 Dishes on Holy Thursday. These dishes symbolize the 12 disciples of Jesus and every year, we would invite people to essentially have a meal with us and socialize with one another. Of course, this year was different.
While it was sad that I was not able to reconnect with people during this time, it also gave me the opportunity to sit down with my family and enjoy a meal that was usually filled with a lot of socialization. The whole simplicity of the evening made me realize how food is not just an essential, but also a symbol of connectedness. It is shown when Jesus shared himself with his disciples at the Last Supper and in any meal connecting friends, family, or community.
Food is a medium that brings us together and while I did not have many people to share a meal with on this day, I still felt that similar warmth being surrounded by the people I love.
Tradition can mean or symbolize something different for each individual. Though it is usually in remembrance of something that is passed down from generations, I am starting to see it as a comfort and hope for the future as well. Traditions help celebrate culture and identity, and especially now, it has reminded me of my ideals and values that I want to treasure and the people I want to share them with.
Easter is the celebration of life and while it is a communal event, this year has given me the opportunity to look introspectively on what it means to me. It has truly shown how meaningful community is to me and how important it is in defining my identity. Even though geographically we are separated, we are not alone and our traditions can still live on as joyful expressions of ourselves and provide grounding and hope for the future.
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