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Enjoying all the blessings of the season

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It’s that time of year again! The winter that wouldn’t die is finally releasing its icy grip. The geese are returning (this time, they might actually stay — as there were reports that some landed at Fort Whyte, took one look around and headed back south).

The sun is stronger and the snow is evaporating like crazy even when the temperatures are stubbornly below zero. Eventually, the sun will win. We live in one of the sunniest places in Canada, after all.

This time of year is also notable for its celebrations. Christians of all denominations celebrated the Resurrection last weekend. This solemn moment has somehow resulted in an abundance of chocolate eggs and bunnies in the grocery stores but I am not complaining. April also sees the Sikh community celebrating Vaisakhi. The Hindu community celebrated Holi, the festival of colours, in March.

Passover, of course, is one of the major celebrations in the Jewish calendar, when even completely non-observant Jews will at least nod in the direction of their heritage. It is a time for families to gather around the table, to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, to sing, eat and drink, and pass the tradition on to their children. One of my favourite moments in the Seder, or order of ritual, is when the youngest person present rises to ask the traditional four questions: why is this night different from all other nights?

Springtime is the time of renewal, when the Earth awakens from its long (this year, very long) sleep and puts on its joyous, fluorescent green spring dress.

In Manitoba, the transition is short but intense. It is as if the plants know what a very short growing season they have before the snow blankets the world again, and they are in a tremendous hurry.

I can’t wait to greet my garden again after our long separation — how about you?

Hadass Eviatar is a community correspondent for West Kildonan. Check out her blog at: http://hadasseviatar.com/blog/

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