In this Easter season, Guyanese have become restless to return to the traditions
Easter in Guyana is the season for Christian religious observances, kite flying, cross buns, Easter eggs, and the Easter rabbit. Years ago, he was involved in the Easter Hat Parade. In Japan, Korea and China, it’s Apple Blossom season.
Last year’s Easter was “very similar” to many Guyanese. Very few kites dotted the air and family picnics became scarce. Furthermore, politicians were deprived of the opportunity to distribute kites to eager young people.
And despite the persistence of the pandemic, reports are that kite sales are up on last year, a clear indication that Guyanese like the rest of humanity are restless and want to return to do what they like especially when it comes to observing those events that are traditional. This time, politicians are busy sharing kites around the country. Easter is a completely different season. It is a term characterized by a more somber and retrospective environment for believers. Perhaps because the season is associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. One of the greatest mysteries of the resurrection is the question: Who rolled away the stone? Is it ‘The young man who greeted the women who saw on entering the tomb a young man dressed in a long white dress sitting on the right’ (Mark 16: 5). Or, ‘The two men who stood by their sides in shining clothes’ (Luke 24: 4). Or ‘One angel of the Lord who came down from Heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it.’ (Matthew 28: 2) Or, ‘The two angels in white sitting where Jesus’ body lay, one at the head and the other at the feet.’ (John 20:12)?
Despite these apparent contradictions, the more fundamental question is, the relevance of the stone being rolled away in a Guyanese context considering our own social and economic challenges and seeking solutions to them. Who will roll that stone in what way and when? That is the question.
Clement J. Rohee