For Christians it’s the holiest day of the year. For others – especially those with children – it’s a time for Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and other forms of celebration merriment. For us, it’s a time when we host others who travel to spend the holiday with family and friends.
For Easter 2014, we not only invite you, we hope to entice you to stay at The Rose Hotel and take advantage of our holiday special. We call it the Easter Bunny Special, and available Friday and Saturday, April 18-19. This two-night minimum special includes a Deluxe King room for $260 the first night, $99 the second night, and it comes with an extensive continental breakfast, free wi-fi, covered and lighted parking, and guest passes to Club Sport, an elaborate local health club featuring a spa and boutique, swimming pool, and café and lounge.
It is yours for the taking by calling 925-846-8802, and asking for the Easter Bunny Special.
Meanwhile, the hotel is dressed for the occasion. The main lobby is decked in Easter livery such as stuffed and ceramic rabbits, a two-foot-tall Easter-egg tree and, of course, candy everywhere, including in the upstairs corridors.
We consider Easter a perfectly timed holiday, arriving in the spring, the yearly time of renewal when the earth’s flora comes back to life after a cold winter of hibernation.
We are reminded by author Peggy Trowbridge Filippone that the word Easter comes to us from the Norsemen’s Eostur, Eastar, Ostara and Ostar, and the pagan goddess Eostre, all of which involve the season of the growing sun and new birth. The Easter Bunny arose originally as a symbol of fertility, due to the rapid reproduction habits of the hare and rabbit.
The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, thus the egg as a symbol of new life has been around for eons, Filippone explains. The particulars may vary, but most cultures around the world use the egg as a symbol of new life and rebirth. A notation in the household accounts of Edward I of England showed an expenditure of 18 pence for 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and colored for Easter gifts.
The first book to mention Easter eggs by name was written 500 years ago. Long hard winters often meant little food, and a fresh egg for Easter was quite a prize. Later, Christians abstained from eating meat during the Lenten season prior to Easter. Easter was the first chance to enjoy eggs and meat after the long abstinence.
Indeed, Easter is a holiday rich in history, religious observance and cultural symbolism. We hope you find a meaningful way to celebrate this Easter holiday, with or without us.